Is sex once a week enough?

For a healthy relationship, have sex once a week: study
For a healthy relationship, have sex once a week: study

Researchers have found that sex once a week is the optimum amount for maximizing happiness for those in a committed relationship. Any more or less than that won’t make any difference, according to a study published earlier this week.

Couples apparently aren’t any happier if they were having sex more than once a week, the Social Psychological and Personality Science study suggested. But for those who don’t have have sex at least once week, they are probably not so happy in their relationship.

The sex survey, based on the results from more than 30,000 Americans collected over 40 years from three different projects, may be the first study that indicates copulation (or the amount of intimacy between two committed individuals) should be just right.

Higher frequency doesn’t necessarily mean that the couple is overall happy in their relationship.

“Most people strive to be happier and sex is one aspect of life that is thought to be associated with greater happiness,” said Amy Muise, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and lead author of the study. “Having sex more frequently than once a week was not associated with greater well-being,” she added.

The study also found that the difference in life satisfaction between couples who had sex less than once a month and those who had it once a week was greater than the difference between couples who were quite poor, making between $15,000 to $25,000 annually, and those who were much wealthier, making between $50,000 and $75,000.

Once a week, however, may not be the magic number for everyone. The emphasis of the study should be about balance.

“Once a week tends to be the average frequency among established couples so it’s possible that this is the average because more frequent sex is not associated with greater well-being,” said Muise. “It’s also possible that people feel happy when they think they are at or above the average frequency.”

“Once a week may also be the frequency that people feel is enough to maintain their intimate connection,” she emphasized.

For those single but fabulous people out there, there’s no concrete evidence between sexual frequency and your happiness.