How Sex Makes You a Happier and Healthier Person

Sex can improve longevity. Having regular sex can improve your life span. Every time you reach orgasm, your body releases DHEA, a hormone known to boost your immune system, improve cognition, keep skin healthy and help you look younger.

 Sex may improve mental health. Ever felt your worries melt away during sex? Sex can lead to decreased pain and anxiety, and increased relaxation and a sense of well being.

 Sex can increase intimacy with your partner. In a committed partnership, having sex releases oxytocin, the bonding hormone, where you’ll feel more connected to your partner. According to a 2017 study, the immediate bonding benefits last for about 48 hours after sex, thus increasing relationship quality in the longer term.

 Sex will burn calories. Although there’s a lot of debate over just how much exercise sex gives you (not that much), it’s certainly better than just hitting the sack after a long day. A couple burns about 100 calories every time they have sex. If they have sex approximately three times each week, they can burn over 15,000 calories a year without ever visiting the gym. Every little bit counts!

 Sex is a good stress-reliever. A study found that having sex every day for two weeks may lead to cell growth in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that regulates mood. There is also evidence that feeling close to your partner emotionally and physically can ward off stress by reducing levels of cortisol (aka the stress hormone).