Getting it in more than four times a week may make you  happier, healthier and wealthier.  According to a new study published by the German economic research institute, the Institute for the Study of Labor, people who had sex four or more times a week earned more money than those who would rather do other things like… not have sex.

Study author Nick Drydakis, an economics lecturer at Angila Ruskin University in Cambridge said, “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”.

From CBS:

Drydakis took a closer look at data collected on 7,500 people aged 26 to 50 who lived in Greece. In 2008, the subjects were asked about demographic information, their health status and their sexual activity levels. People were also asked about their employment status and how much money they made.

Both straight and gay couples were included in the study, but only 5.5 percent of the subjects identified as LGBT.

Subjects who had sex four or more times a week made 5 percent more money in their employment wages than those who didn’t. Those who said they weren’t having sex at all made 3.2 percent less than their counterparts who were having sex…

Even in people with health issues, those who were having sex more frequently were more likely to make more money than those who weren’t having sex as often. The trend didn’t seem to change even when other factors like higher education, sexual orientation or what kind of job the person held were taken into account.

Drydakis theorized that maybe people who made more money were able to date even more and buy gifts, therefore giving them easier access to sex.

“Higher wages may increase purchase of gifts that are thanked for via sex,” wrote Drydakis.

So in a nutshell, make more money, go out on dates, by gifts and have sex. Word to Maslow’s Need Hierarchy.

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