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‘More than I am getting’ is most people’s initial response to the question of ‘how much?’.

Regular sex is good for you.

Sex is good cardio, and human skin contact releases oxytocin (feel goods in the brain).

Plus, who doesn’t enjoy an orgasm?

Getting your fix of these feel good factors is hard, especially when you and your partner both work and have other obligations.

Plus, we all know pencilled in sex is quite unsexy.

Let’s finish this garlic bread, and I’ll do the dishes while you get ready.

Matron. Stop it.

According to a study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, couples should not adhere to unrealistic expectations of sexual proclivity.

Once a week is apparently enough to keep up personal happiness and happiness in the relationship.

The author of the study is Amy Muise, a sex and romance researcher (an enviable title) at the University of Toronto Missuaga.

She told the Huffington Post:

In general it is important to maintain a sexual connection with a romantic partner, but it is also important to have realistic expectations for one’s sex life, given that many couples are busy with work and responsibilities.

Our research suggests that engaging in regular sex is associated with happiness, but it is not necessary, on average, for couples to aim to engage in sex as frequently as possible.

Lower those expectations. Way low.

Muise came to this conclusion after looking at data from three surveys in 2015.

One 23-year study with over 25000 participants found that the greater amount of sex you’re having, the happier you are.

Which seems obvious, but it also found that this correlation only occurs when the frequency is at least once a week.

An online survey of 355 participants and a third study of 2,400 married couples, conducted over 14 years found the same.

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