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The Magic Number for How Often Happy Couples Do It Is…

posted: 11/18/15
by: Courtney Reimer
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If you've ever had a conversation with your pals about what constitutes a "normal" sex life, you already know that there is no such thing. But is there such a thing as the "right" amount of sex to be having if you want to be happy? According to a new study, the answer is yes.

So what is that magic number of how often you should be doing it with your partner if you want to be a "happy couple"? According to the study by researchers at the University of Mississauga-Toronto, once a week is the right amount. Using data from 30,000 Americans to analyze happiness in relationships and frequency of lovemaking, and they found that across gender, length of relationship and age, the magic number was one instance per week. Even more intriguing: levels of happiness in couples didn't increase as the frequency of sex did.

But happiness did start to decline if that number fell below once per week. That said, this may provide some relief to those who feel like they need to be having sex all of the time in order to be happy. "It's nice to know that once a week will do," Helen Fisher, a senior researcher at the Kinsey Institute, told Today.com. "These researchers have found the sexual thermometer for modern times."

Perhaps best of all: the study also found that sexual satiety was more of a predictor of happiness in couples than wealth. Money really can't buy you love, after all.