Happy Valentine's Day! This is notably one of the most annoying holidays for anyone whose single, in a situation with no strings, or whose been in a relationship for ... forever. The good news is that you can bet that with the extra flowers, love notes, and romantic gestures, more people will be aroused and 'in the mood'. You may be wondering ... what the hell does this have to do with a career?
I'm glad you asked...
Let's think about one of the most miserable people that you've had to work with. Have you ever heard anyone say something like, "Why is Karen so uptight? She needs to get laid", or "Susan is being such a bitch. She needs some D." Well, those shady colleagues may be onto something. Can what happens at home, specifically in the bedroom, have an impact on one's work? Recent research seems to suggest it can. When one's home and sex life are good, he or she will do better on the job in terms of performance and promotions. See, aren't you happy to know this?
Here are 3 ways that a healthier sex life can enhance your career.
Improved job satisfaction and engagement
According to Oregon State University sexual intercourse triggers the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with the reward centers in the brain, as well as oxytocin, a neuropeptide associated with social bonding and attachment. That makes sex a natural and relatively automatic mood elevator and the benefits extend well into the next day, Leavitt said. I was at a conference a few years ago and one of the speakers had a full presentation about why we should be having more sex. Not only is it good for releasing the endorphins, getting that natural rush of oxytocin, or feeling the immediate pleasure of the big O, but it will generally make us happier people. We may not have the most exciting jobs in the world, or work around the most upbeat, fun people, but we can surely guarantee that how we manage ourselves will impact how we show up in the world. Why not show up with a little extra sparkle in your eye that a healthy sex life can bring? A little afternoon delight never hurt nobody. This Swedish company may be onto something...
The Institute for the Study of Labor research found people who have sex at least four times a week make more money than their peers who get less busy. It seems the correlation lies in how those who have more sex tend to be both happier and healthier, leading to more enthusiasm at work, better decisions, and less discrimination, which in turn leads to higher paychecks. Let's look at this practically. Many of us are paid based on our performance, right? So, if we are happier and in a better mood each week, in comparison to some of our colleagues, it would make sense that we are going to perform better and be much more productive on the job. Hence, increased bonuses and salary negotiations.
Less sick days due to reduced stress and a boosted immune system
According to an article in Inc., sex produces immune system-boosting hormones, resulting in fewer sick days. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone released during sexual encounters, and it has a whole host of benefits. Some of these include health benefits like reducing symptoms in women with lupus and alleviating depression. In fact, DHEA can even take years off your real age. Who wouldn't go for that?! Save yourself some coin and have more sex. I wouldn't tell your boss about your lunch break plans, though. Let's keep that to ourselves and maybe share some of these techniques while we sip a big glass of tea with our girlfriends. Cheers!
Brittanni Below, MBA is a coach, speaker, and trainer based in Houston, TX that provides services to help fierce and self-driven women to live a more balanced, healthy, and more fulfilling life. By fully understanding your unique talents and gifts and what is distracting you from being successful, Brittanni helps you transform fear, lack of confidence, and life challenges, into lessons that push you to crush the goals that you've set for yourself. If you're interested in personal coaching, book a session with Brittanni here.