Want to be Happy at Work? “Get Busy” at Home!

If you’re feeling fulfilled at home, there’s a good chance you’re feeling fulfilled at work, too. A recent study finds that having an active sex life could lead to increased job satisfaction at work.

Researchers concluded that people who prioritize their love lives at home head into the work day with more enjoyment and focus the following day. The study was conducted by Keith Leavitt, an associate professor in the College of Business at Oregon State University. Leavitt and his team studied 159 married couples over the course of two weeks and asked them to fill out two surveys each day.

They found that the positive qualities following sex included a better mood that stretched into the following day, more sound sleep and higher marital satisfaction in general, which in turn tend to make people happier. Researchers say that sex releases dopamine and oxytocin in the brain, which improves mood and makes people feel better bonded to a sexual partner.