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Why Couples Don't Need To Have Sex Every Day In Order To Be Happy

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Sex is wondrous. It can make your heart healthier, help you sleep better and lower your stress levels while forging a happy and vibrant bond between you and your partner.

But does MORE sex always equal MORE happiness? Definitely not, despite the purported benefits of daily sex challenges.

In the above video from Buzzfeed, couples were challenged to have sex for 30 days in a row. Things started out pretty great, but they quickly took a turn for the worse:

Indeed, recent research has shown that the happiest couples have sex about once per week, not every day. More sex is generally better than none, but after you work up to once per week, the happiness-increasing effect tends to taper off.

"In general it is important to maintain a sexual connection with a romantic partner, but it is also important to have realistic expectations for one’s sex life, given that many couples are busy with work and responsibilities,” researcher Amy Muise of the University of Toronto told The Huffington Post in November.

Of course, every couple is different: What didn't work for these couples may work for you and your partner. So switch up your frequency, try some new ideas, and see where your sweet spot truly lies.

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