The right kind of sex can make you happier

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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.

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By Elizabeth Siegel for Allure
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