Colorado Researcher Finds More Sex Equals More Happiness

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Are those who have frequent sex happier than others? Are those who have sex more frequently than others happier? A researcher from the University of Colorado-Boulder says yes . Here are the details.

* Tim Wadsworth, an associate professor of sociology at CU-Boulder recently published the results of a study regarding the link between the frequency of sex and happiness, the university announced on Monday.

* Analyzing national survey data and statistics, Wadsworth found that not only do those who have higher levels of sexual frequency also report higher levels of happiness, but those who believe they are having more sex than other people are even happier.

* According to his research, respondents who reported having sex at least two or three times a month were 33 percent more likely to have a higher level of happiness than those who didn't have sex at all during the previous 12 months.

* The likeliness of reporting a high level of happiness increased to 44 percent for those who had sex once a week when compared to those who weren't having sex at all. The likelihood of happiness jumped to 55 percent among those who had sex two or three times a week.

* However, Wadsworth discovered, those who were having sex two or three times a month but believed their peers were having sex once a week were 14 percent less likely to report a higher level of happiness.

* Wadsworth said that the way people tend to compare themselves to others is a problem, and something that he addresses in his introductory sociology classes at the university.

* In the classes, Wadsworth asks student to write three adjectives about themselves. He then asks if those adjectives would have any meaning at all if the students were alone on a desert island with no one to compare themselves to.

* Regardless of the adjective, Wadsworth stated, there is only meaning if there is someone to compare yourself to. "We can only be wealthy if others are poor, or sexually active if others are inactive," he explained.

* The data that Wadsworth analyzed was from the General Social Survey, in which respondents since 1972 have been asked to respond to questions with multiple choice answers of "very happy, pretty happy, or not too happy."

* Wadsworth studied 15,386 people who were surveyed between 1993 and 2006.

* Wadsworth's study, entitled "Sex and the Pursuit of Happiness: How Other People's Sex Lives are Related to Our Sense of Well-Being," was published in the February edition of Social Indicators Research and will soon be addressed in an article in the Colorado Arts & Sciences Magazine, the university reported.

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