If you’re stuck in a job rut, ditch the career counseling and just have more s*x. OK that might be a stretch, but a new study indicates a healthy s*x life can actually boost job satisfaction and engagement. What’s more, .-coital benefits seem to have an immediate effect as workers reported enjoying the office more the day after s*x.
“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,” says professor and study co-author Keith Leavitt, Ph.D., in a release from Oregon State. “Maintaining a healthy relationship that includes a healthy s*x life will help employees stay happy and engaged in their work, which benefits the employees and the organizations they work for.”
In the study, 159 married employees divulged the details of their s*x lives while completing two surveys a day for two weeks. Employees who had s*x reported being happier the following day, which led to better job engagement and satisfaction. This after-s*x high seems to last at least 24 hours, according to the team, and was evident in men and women. The benefits were independent of marital satisfaction and sleep quality, which can also impact mood. Alternatively, workers who brought their office woes home had less s*x.
“Making a more intentional effort to maintain a healthy s*x life should be considered an issue of human sustainability, and as a result, a potential career advantage,” he says.
Leavitt isn’t the only one who sees the career-boosting benefits of s*x. Last month, Swedish politician Per-Erik Muskos proposed a weekly s*x break for municipal employees citing studies that show s*x is healthy, reports The Daily Mail. Past research has shown that s*x can lower blood pressure, improve sleep and reduce anxiety.
Another non-physical benefit of s*x? Money. A 2013 study from Germany revealed that people who had s*x four or more times a week saw a five percent increase in salary compared to those who abstained. Bottom line, having s*x can positively impact your career – not that you really need an excuse to get intimate with your partner.