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People who Have Sex Four or More Times a Week Bring in Bigger Paychecks

Update Date: Aug 16, 2013 03:06 PM EDT

Sex is a very important part of life. Studies have found that people who have an active sex life can improve their mood, relationships and physical health. Not only does sex make people happier, according to a new study, sex can also make people wealthier. This study found that people who had sex at least four times a week earned more money than people who did not have such an active sex life.

"People need to love and be loved [sexually and non-sexually] by others. In the absence of these elements, many people become susceptible to loneliness, social anxiety, and depression that could affect their working life," study author Nick Drydakis, an economics lecturer at Angila Ruskin University in Cambridge, England, said reported CBS News.

For this study, Drydakis examined the data of 7,500 people living in Greece. The participants were between the ages of 26 and 50. They provided information on their demographics, health statuses, sexual activity levels, employment statutes and wages. 5.5 percent of the subjects identified as LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender).

Drydakis discovered that people who admitted having sex four or more times each week made more money than people who did not have as much sex. The wages of the sexually active people were five percent higher than people who did not have sex. Participants who did not have sex made 3.2 percent less than people who had sex. Drydakis also stated that people who had more sex had lower rates of diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. The sexually active people were also more likely to be outgoing.

"It seems that we have to consider jointly the relations between happiness, sexual activity, productivity and wages," he said. "In the absence of these elements, many people become susceptible to loneliness, social anxiety, and depression that could affect their working life."

Drydakis noted that even for people with health issues, having sex the majority of the week resulted in higher wages. Other factors such as education, sexual orientation or type of career did not appear to affect the trend either. Drydakis reasoned that sex and money are related due to the possibility that people with more money date more since they have the means. Another possibility could be the fact that wealthier people are more attractive and thus, they get more mates. One more reason could be that people with more money can buy more gifts for their partners, resulting in more sexual activity.

Drydakis noted that what he found was an association and that engaging in more sex does not mean that people will get higher paychecks. The report was published in the Institute for the Study of Labor, which is an economic research institution located in Germany.

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