Benefits of Sex on Mind, Body, and Career

A 2013 study from the Institute for the Study of Labor shows that those who have frequent sex are likely to earn more money. Research from anthropological biologist Dr. Helen Fisher explains this phenomenon by showing that sexual activity leads to physiological benefits which can translate to better workplace performance. Increased hormone levels, reduced stress, and improved health are among the positive impacts frequent sexual activity can have on the body. Here are some of the ways sex can help your mind, body, and career:

  • You’ll be happier. Along with being pleasurable and helping us feel closer to our partner, sex releases the hormones oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin, all of which are associated with happiness. Since happy employees are generally more productive, your mood boost will lead to a career boost as well.

  • You’ll take fewer sick days. A study of university students showed that those who engaged in sexual activity a few times a week had higher levels of an antibody that helps fight the common cold in their saliva. The hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), which is also released during sex, alleviates depression and boosts the immune system. Having sex will keep you healthy and reduce the number of work days you’ll miss due to illness.

  • You’ll feel less stressed. Frequent sexual activity makes blood pressure less reactive to stress and reduces stress levels overall. You’ll be able to remain calm, cool, and collected in a crisis, which won’t go unnoticed in the workplace. Plus, research indicates that lower stress levels lead to better overall performance at work.

  • You’ll sleep better. Sex, aside from being physically tiring, releases a cocktail of brain chemicals which are associated with sleep. Since a lack of sleep can severely reduce cognitive function and workplace performance, your post-coital slumber will give you an edge over those who are sleep-deprived.

  • You’ll feel more confident. An increase in testosterone levels will leave you feeling more confident, which will help you stand out in a competitive work environment. You’ll be more likely to take positive risks and will be perceived as smarter than those with lower self-esteem.

  • You’ll get smarter. Research shows that orgasm increases blood flow to all parts of the brain - making it a more effective method of brain stimulation than mental exercises like crossword puzzles. Another study from the University of Amsterdam shows that sexual activity improves analytical thinking, which will help you solve problems at work.

The benefits of sex don’t stop at the workplace. You’ll also see an increase in physical fitness, since half an hour of sex can burn up to 144 calories. The influx of pain-reducing hormones released during intercourse, such as oxytocin, can help you stave off migraines or cope with the uncomfortable side effects of rheumatoid arthritis. Sex can also improve your sense of smell and help you look younger, along with making fertilization easier if you’re hoping to have children.

Morning sex in particular, aside from helping you feel loving and bonded to your partner all day long, will make you happier and better able to fight illness throughout the day. Making love in the morning will also boost estrogen levels, making your hair and skin look healthier. Indulging in morning sex three times per week could halve the risk of heart attack and stroke, which is all the more reason to spend some quality time with your partner at the start of the day.

Given that regular sexual activity can improve your health, mood, and work performance, it’s important to avoid putting sex on the backburner when your calendar is full. You might find that your busy schedule doesn’t stress you out as much if you carve out some time for intimacy.