Happiness is a great motivator. It drives us to work harder, play harder, and try new things in the hopes that we might catch a wave of its sunny feels. And although there are many factors that contribute to an individual's happiness quotient, sex and happiness are intimately related.
According to the 2017 World Happiness Report — which is, as it sounds, a report on the state of happy people everywhere — there is a major joy disparity out there. Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Switzerland steal the show as the happiest nations, with citizens who have the highest levels of "caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance." The U.S. unfortunately has been in a state of happiness decline for years now, due in part, the report authors suggest, to "declining social support and increased corruption." But never fear Americans, because it's not only about where you live.
The report also notes that 80 percent of happiness variance is actually within countries and not between them. This is caused by "differences in mental health, physical health and personal relationships" that are most often the deciding factor on whether you'll get that boost of brightness to your life that inspires you to self-define as happy or not. And guess what activity ties directly in to your mental and physical health and your intimate social ties?
Here are five ways that sex is linked to happiness: