Sex makes work better, according to a new study out of Oregon State University, and it does so equally for men and women. Of the 159 married employees who filled out surveys, those who had sex reported better moods the next day, the effects of which appeared to last at least a full 24 hours. Being in a better mood led to more reported engagement and satisfaction on the job. (The reason for the uptick in mood was not determined, just the correlation.)
“Making a more intentional effort to maintain a healthy sex life should be considered an issue of human sustainability, and as a result, a potential career advantage,” said study author Keith Leavitt in a press release.
And while it is remarkably un-shocking that sex can benefit people, the idea that purposefully including sex as a regularly scheduled practice is definitely a newer trend—as is mindfulness in general. Sex, after all, releases the good brain chemicals that make daily life that much more enjoyable: dopamine and oxytocin. You can’t easily overdose on those, so why not get them in circulation more?
Here is some more evidence that an active sex life should in fact be a health priority.
A Healthy Heart
Though recent research found that frequent sex leads to a higher risk of heart attack, heart failure, or stroke in men over the age of 57—but not older women—the cardiovascular health of younger men still stands to benefit from sex. According to a 2010 study, men who reported having sex at least twice a week were 45 percent less likely to suffer a cardiovascular disease than men who only had sex once a month or less.
A Healthy Prostate
In an enormous study of 32,000 men over 18 years, researchers found that frequent ejaculation was correlated with lower instances of prostate cancer. For example, men in their forties who ejaculated at least 21 times a month were 22 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who ejaculated only 4 to 7 times a month. (Ejaculation doesn’t necessarily imply sex, but close enough.)
A Healthy Immune System
Weekly sex has been linked to higher levels of immunoglobulin A in saliva, which helps the body fight off cold viruses—even if having more sex would seem to indicate a greater risk for spreading seasonal bugs.
SOURCE: SARAH RENSE