How a healthy sex life can earn you more money – Big Think

  • A 2013 study associated more frequent sex with higher income rates. The initial hypothesis (which was later proven) suggested that medical, psychological and physical positive effects of sexual activity (such as good health, higher immune system, mental well-being, etc) could influence wage factors in working adults.
  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (physiological, safety, belongingness, esteem and self-actualization) all tie in with a healthy sex life, according to several studies listed below.
  • Scoring high on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (which is described as a theory of human motivation) is directly linked to securing and maintaining high-wage income and making smarter financial decisions.

More (and better) sex is linked to higher wages, 2013 study suggests

A 2013 paper written by Nick Drydakis, Professor in Economics, Finance, and Law at Anglia Ruskin University (UK) suggested a link between more frequent sex and higher income rates. The initial hypothesis of this study was that the medical, psychological and physical positive effects of sexual activity (good health, endurance, mental well-being, etc) could influence wage factors in working adults.

The hypothesis was proven to be correct – according to the results of this study, employees who are having sex more than four times per week reported receiving statistically significant higher wages than those who reported having less sex.

Maslow’s Need Hierarchy Theory (the 5 Needs) must be met before other motivations (like higher-paying jobs) occur

maslow's hierarchy of needs concept businessman saving money

When our basic needs are being met, we are more motivated to excel in our careers, earning (and saving) more money in the process.

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The study mentioned above went into detail, mentioning Maslow’s Need Hierarchy, which consists of 5 basic human needs that need to be met before other motivations for better-living occur. This theory has been deemed as a “theory for human motivation”, as Maslow himself stated that when these needs are met, the individual can lead a happier, more fulfilled life.

These needs are:

  • Physiological
  • Safety
  • Belongingness
  • Esteem
  • Self-actualization
Several studies (including this University of Illinois study) have proven Maslow’s Needs theory to be correct with the stipulation that the definition of having these needs met can vary depending on where in the world you live.

The link between Maslow’s Needs and your sex life…

While there are many ways to fulfill Maslow’s Needs, it can’t be denied that a healthy sex life (or happy relationship) can meet these needs.

Physiological needs (such as the need for sleep, food, oxygen) don’t require a mate, however, the physiological need for reproduction does require a mate.

Safety and belongingness are things we often associate with relationships (romantic or platonic) proving that these needs can (and will) be met by interpersonal relationships with other people (including romantic relationships with healthy sex lives).

Esteem (in regards to Maslow’s Needs) refers to the need for respect, self-esteem, and confidence. Confidence and high self-esteem have been directly linked to active sex lives and vice versa, according to this Harvard University study.

Self-actualization represents the highest motivations that we have as human beings. These are things that drive us to realize our full potential and help us become our most ideal self. According to this 1995 study, self-actualization and empathy are key predictors of high marital satisfaction.

The link between a healthy sex life (regarding Maslow’s Needs) and a high-income, satisfying career..

The reasoning behind Maslow’s Needs is that if these basic human needs aren’t being met, the human will not be able to function or thrive in society. People who have these needs met have been proven to be happier and more fulfilled individuals, more successful in work and relationships. The more successful you are in your career, the better chance you have for higher-income jobs or salary bumps.

According to the studies shown above, a healthy, active and happy intimate/sexual relationship is key to accomplishing Maslow’s 5 Needs, which in turn is critical to helping you land a high-income job that you care about.

Couples in successful relationships have mastered the skill of “financial harmony”

concept couple fighting over debt money finances

“Of all the intimacies you share, the sharing of money sparks the most arguments and creates the most resentment and confusion.”

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This FFCI (Family and Consumer Issues) study took place over a period of two years with a total of 161 participants and proved a direct link between what is described as “financial harmony” (agreeance over financial roles and ideas) and happiness of the overall relationship. The study was completely voluntary and confidential.

Money can be a major cause of conflict and stress in relationships and because of this, there is a significant link between good finances and happy relationships. More than 60% of participants in this survey stated that financial problems increased the amount of stress in their romantic lives.

“Of all the intimacies you share, the sharing of money sparks the most arguments and creates the most resentment and confusion.” – Felton-Collins

Marriage therapist Barton Goldsmith is quoted saying that “couples may find it harder to talk about money than about sex.” This idea that sex is a hard-to-discuss, delicate and controversial topic even in the most intimate relationships furthers the notion that being in “financial harmony” with your significant other is a key to a successful long-term relationship.

The impact of sex on your finances, and vice versa, according to a marriage therapist

If we were given a choice between answering two questions (your favorite sex position or how much money was in your savings account right now), most of us would choose to describe intimate details of our sex lives than list a number in a bank account. Why? Because sex is easier to talk about than money.

Sex is fun, interesting and feels good – money is known to cause stress. Adding to that each person’s individual history and view on finances, you can understand how talking about finances in any kind of romantic relationship can feel extremely difficult.

However, according to marriage and family therapist Lisa Bahar, not only does financial stress impact intimacy, but the lack of financial stress can improve intimacy (and vice versa).

“Couples who are experiencing financial strain have a higher likelihood of experiencing disruptions or difficulties in the bedroom”, she explains in a 2015 interview. “I see more and more with the strain that the economy/financial impact has on couples that there is a decrease in interest and a feeling of disconnection, which plays out sometimes by withholding or shutting down among partners.”

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