Looking to make a career change? Angling for a promotion? Hoping for a big bonus come Christmas? Quick, to the bedroom!
Researchers have found a new link between earning more money and having more sex… and it has nothing to do with sleeping with your boss. Phew!
Instead, a new study has found that having more sex can lead to a higher income. “Being sexually active is a proxy for good health, and that itself is correlated with having higher energy for everything, including work,” Andrew Oswald, an economics professor at Britain’s Warwick University, told CNBC.com. Study researcher Nick Drydakis found that when people are having sex regularly, they’re happier, stronger, eat better, and work out more, calling sexual activity a barometer for the kinds of characteristics employers want in an employee.
So how regularly is “regularly”? More than four times a week is the sweet spot, leading to the statistically significant highest wages. On the other end of the spectrum, a sexless marriage was the worst position to be in—Drydakis found that married men having no sex receive lower wages by 1.3 percent.
Drydakis does think that there’s a bit of the “chicken or the egg” dilemma going on, though. In some cases, he feels, a high income might make someone more attractive and sexually appealing to others, leading to more sex, not the other way around. However, a 2004 Dartmouth College study of over 16,000 men and women shot that theory down, stating that “Income has no clear effect. Money buys neither more sexual partners nor more sex.”
Do you do better at work when you’re having regular sex?