You May Also Like

The craziest wellness splurges you can buy (or ask for)

Yes, NY Times, “being in the moment” is not a magic happiness machine—but it’s still worth it

5 ways Trump’s health secretary nominee could affect your life

Get an inside look at Well+Good’s 2017 Wellness Trends bash

Here’s why you don’t have a sex drive (and how to deal with it)

How to handle heartbreak, Buddhist style

The right kind of sex can make you happier


relationship sex
Photo: Nathan Walker via Unsplash

allure logoSex makes you happy. In fact, having more sex also makes you more satisfied with life overall.

But there’s a big fat asterisk: The sex has to be good. Mediocre sex, routine sex, or the sex you have when you’re also half-listening to Stephen Colbert (unless you’re Mrs. Stephen Colbert) is more like a cold shower, deflating joy in other areas of your life. That’s according to a new study from Carnegie Mellon University. When participants were asked to increase their frequency of sex (for the study), they reported enjoying sex less because it was routine and planned. The study’s authors found that working on creating an environment that sparks desire and makes the sex more fun was much more beneficial to participants’ overall mood. So let your sex life be spontaneous and free of any distractions. You’ll thank us later.

More reading from Allure

4 ways to feel happier right this moment
5
ways you could be sabotaging your skin without knowing it
at-home acne treatment dos and don’ts

By Elizabeth Siegel for Allure
This post originally appeared on Allure