Science: Why Having Sex Makes You Feel Better The Next Day

Sex isn’t just about physical pleasure. A study by researchers at George Mason University had 152 college students write in diaries daily in order to examine the link between sexual behavior and wellbeing. The data revealed participants were happier and found more meaning in their lives the day after any kind of sexual activity, and this link did not depend on how satisfying or intimate the experience was, or whether they were in a relationship. Study leader Todd Kashdan says humans’ fundamental need to belong is likely at the root of the effect, saying, “There is something profound about someone else giving you access to their body and accepting access to yours.” This can be a huge signal of inclusion that is good for our emotional health.