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Does Having More Sex at Home Make You Happier at Work?

Does Having More Sex at Home Make You Happier at Work?: PeopleImages / Getty

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If you think of your work life and your home life as separate worlds, check this out. A new study from Oregon State University says people with healthy, active sex lives tend to be happier at their jobs. Having more sex also increases people’s productivity. If you’re not content with how your career is going, try getting it on more—and no, it’s not about sleeping your way to the top.

The study, published in the Journal of Management, followed 159 married people over two weeks, and had them complete two short surveys a day. After having sex, the study participants reported more positive moods. For at least 24 hours, they felt more engaged at work, and had more job satisfaction. Keith Leavitt, one of the study’s authors, credits this to effects sex has on the brain, such as the release of dopamine and oxytocin, natural mood enhancers.

Leavitt said in a statement, “We make jokes about people having a ‘spring in their step,’ but it turns out this is actually a real thing and we should pay attention to it. Maintaining a healthy relationship that includes a healthy sex life will help employees stay happy and engaged in their work, which benefits the employees and the organizations they work for.”

Need a reason to stop checking your work email 24/7? Researchers also found that bringing work-related stress home was bad for people’s sex lives. According to Leavitt, “Technology offers a temptation to stay plugged in, but it’s probably better to unplug if you can. And employers should encourage their employees to completely disengage from work after hours.” If your boss asks why you’re not answering those late-night emails, do the right thing, and share a link to this article. After all, even bosses deserve good sex lives.

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