Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

This is how much sex you need to be happy, according to science


At first glance, the statistics surrounding us Brits and our sex lives make for pretty depressing reading.

While a 2014 study found we were having less sex than ever before, a 2015 study found that the few times we were having sex might not even have been that good, with less than half of UK adults claiming they were satisfied with their sex lives

But finally, science has offered us some good news about our sex lives: according to a new study, having sex just once a week is enough to boost our happiness and wellbeing.


The study, which examined the sex lives of some 30,645 participants, including both single people and those in a relationship, found that having sex once a week was associated with enjoying a greater sense of well-being.

Conversely, having sex more than once a week had no additional effect on wellbeing for those who are in a relationship.

Brilliantly titled Sexual Frequency Predicts Greater WellBeing, But More Is Not Always Better, the study was conducted at The University of Toronto and published earlier this month in the Social Psychological and Personality Science journal.


Writing at the end of the study, which tested participants across three separate studies, the authors concluded, "The media emphasises - and research supports - the claim that the more sex you have, the happier you will feel. 

"We demonstrate that the association between sexual frequency and well-being is best described by a curvilinear (as opposed to a linear) association where sex is no longer associated with wellbeing at a frequency of more than once a week."



Forget mindfulness, we're all about Rage Yoga

dobbs 4.jpg

The couple who sold their house to fund a round-the-world honeymoon

happy couple dating app.jpg

Depressing or useful? ‘Dating’ app encourages couples to communicate

Air steward.JPG

Five secrets you never knew about flying

acciaroli 2.jpg

Anchovies, rosemary and relaxation: living to 100, Italian-style

jennifer lawrence.jpg

Jennifer Lawrence criticises Hollywood's beauty ideals


How it feels to be a ‘leftover woman’ in China

school 1.jpg

Stop telling schoolgirls that their uniforms are "distracting"

marcos alberti wine face photography project three glasses after 3.jpg

Photographer captures the four stages of wine face



“How beauty rituals help me manage my depression”

One writer found comfort in an unexpected place

21 Oct 2016

Stress is genuinely good for you, experts reveal

Forget everything you thought you knew about stress…

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Oct 2016

Must-watch Christmas TV: tune in for Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes

Just in time for Christmas

by Sarah Biddlecombe
21 Oct 2016

Bake Off fans, the BBC has already found a replacement show for GBBO

And it's set to hit our televisions very soon...

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Oct 2016

Costa’s fancy new menu includes avocado toast and Prosecco

You may want to dress up for the world’s poshest Costa…

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Oct 2016

Real-life victims of revenge porn share their stories

“Within a week, everyone had seen them… I tried to kill myself shortly after”

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Oct 2016

People diagnosed with a terminal illness share powerful life lessons

“You only get one life – and we need to live it”

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Oct 2016

This gin is officially the best in Europe – and it's from the UK

Gin drinkers, take note…

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Oct 2016

Amazing tasting menus from top UK restaurants for under £50

Total steals from Michelin-starred spots

by Amy Swales
20 Oct 2016

9 hilarious tips for making it in a male-dominated workplace

"Never say anything that sounds like a question, even questions."

by Harriet Hall
20 Oct 2016