Itching for a raise or promotion? Get between the sheets. According to a study out of Oregon State University (OSU), a happy sex life can put a real spring in your step—so much so that it can lead to outperforming less amorous colleagues.
The study, which looked at 159 married employees, found that those who had sex with their partners performed their work tasks better the next day than those who did not have sex. What’s more, they experienced better job satisfaction, which gives them a better work-life balance.
“Maintaining a healthy relationship that includes a healthy sex life will help employees stay happy and engaged in their work, which benefits the employees and the organizations they work for,” says OSU’s College of Business professor Keith Leavitt.
Leavitt adds that the feel-good factor associated with sex lasts approximately 24 hours. He notes that sex releases chemicals and hormones related to the brain’s reward centres, helping to reduce work-related stress.
“This is a reminder that sex has social, emotional and physiological benefits, and it’s important to make it a priority. Just make time for it,” he says. “Making a more intentional effort to maintain a healthy sex life should be considered an issue of human sustainability, and as a result, a potential career advantage.”