Does Having More Sex Make You Happy?

Does Having More Sex Make You Happy?
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Sex is right at the center of most human interaction. Yet most of us fail to understand the intricacies of sex and sexual behavior. A lot of research has been done on sex and sexual behavior and its role at an individual and societal level. Most cultures truly believe sex is healthy. Hell Marvin Gaye’s most favorite song was the one on sexual healing*! Yet a group of people in our society perpetuate fears on sex and its consequences such as Sexually Transmitted Disease and eternal bondage due to sexual immorality. Granted, we do live in an oversexed society. But what gives? Is sex truly essential for human happiness and the feeling of completion? Let’s explore.

Sex is a Form of Exercise that Releases Endorphins

A sexual encounter coupled with the anticipation, actual contact and the final explosion that is commonly known as an orgasm is a thrilling experience for many. Sex, particularly sexual climax, releases our feel good hormones and the built up tension in our bodies. Sex is also a form of exercise hence it leaves many feeling rejuvenated and relaxed at the same time. This uplifts our spirits and makes us happier.

Sex Leads to Better* Sleep

Sleep is just as mysterious as sex. If you live to be 90 years old, 32 of those years will be spent deep in sleep. While scientists are still working on exactly why sleep is so crucial to human existence, one thing they do know for sure is that a good night’s sleep makes us less* moody and more alert. Sex leads to better* sleep. Therefore, sex also ultimately leads to happiness as it leaves as feeling spirited, alive and alert.

Sex Enhances* The Human Bond Between Couples

Perhaps this is the most important aspect of sex: intimacy. Human beings are social creatures who crave for companionship. Intimacy is the feeling of closeness to another human being. Sex is the perfect platform for intimacy. Sex and intimacy can lead to happiness as the feeling of trust, security, assurance and inner peace are heightened in a sexual encounter in a loving and mature relationship.

Sex Helps as Fulfill our Biological Role

Most scientists believe that no matter how much human beings evolve, we can never really escape our biological instincts which are to mate and reproduce. Sex helps us fulfill our biological role. Any kind of fulfillment will always bring inner happiness. Sex also helps us fulfill our biological purpose as men and women which in men is to protect* and dominate, while in women it is to nurture. Without this fulfillment, life will only be half lived for most.

Sex Alleviates* Stress

True to Marvin Gaye’s words, sex can truly be a form of healing*. Sex is a potent alleviator of stress. Stress is associated with feelings of depression and worthlessness. Fortunately for stressed out people, sometimes all the need is to get laid. Sex leads to the release of feel good hormones which instantly alleviate* and negative thoughts and feelings replacing them with happy thoughts.

The Flipside

Sex does bring about happiness and fulfillment. However, on the flip side, sex can lead to the exact opposite effects as follows:

  • Trauma and low self-esteem associated with being sexually molested. This can be so severe to the point where victims contemplate suicide.
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections due to unprotected sex. One is never happy when they are sick. Not to mention the uncomfortable symptoms and stigmatization associated with this kind of disease.
  • Guilty feelings when one engages in sex with someone they are not supposed to that is, infidelity. This can spiral out of control* to loss of trust, communication and even divorce.
  • Sexual addiction is a real mental problem affecting a number of young people. Its results are anything but happiness. It leads to fixation on sex such that the person cannot function without regular sex. This lowers their productivity and mental state.
  • Unwanted pregnancies are also common. They can complicate matters and lead to strains in one’s relationship.

Conclusion

Sex is a powerful form of interaction. It is here to stay. Sexual behavior among human beings is constantly evolving. More sex does bring about happiness. But there are strings attached. For one, you have to be mature if not an adult and give the full consent to any sexual encounter. Yet sex can also leads to unforeseen problems. Sex dose make us happy but only if we are careful. To enjoy a health sex life, you must take control* of it. Do not be swayed by what’s new today as sexual behavior is constantly evolving. To be truly happy, have sex for the right reasons (outlined by you and no one else), with the right person chosen by you and in a healthy environment.

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Expert Author : Mark Simms (Consumer Health Digest)

Mark Simms is a prolific freelance health and beauty writer, independent researcher with a long history and expertise of providing reliable and relatable health content for magazines, newsletters, websites including blogs and journals. He also enjoy exploring men’s and women’s health category writing articles about sex and relationships, product review and providing information on sexual health.