Sorry Guys. Bad news in the world of sex.
It turns out that having lots of sex doesn’t necessarily make us happier – and having too much can actually decrease our happiness.
*Calls off plans for candle-lit bath with partner tonight*
The disappointing research that we wish never went public was conducted by Carnegie Mellon University across the pond.
They analysed the habits of 64 heterosexual married couples aged between 35 and 65 over three months and how sex affected their emotions.
Participants were split into two groups. One was told to have sex twice as often as usual while the other received no instructions.
Their emotions were documented with daily questionnaires about how they feel.
The study found that there is no link between frequent sex and increased happiness.
However, it’s worth noting that participants’ outlook on sex is likely to change when instructed to have intercourse. People may feel like it’s more of a chore and something spontaneous to be enjoyed.
George Loewenstein, study author, said: ‘Perhaps couples changed the story they told themselves about why they were having sex, from an activity voluntarily engaged in to one that was part of a research study.
‘If we ran the study again we would try to encourage subjects into initiating more sex in ways that put them in a sexy frame of mind.’