A new study from the Oregon State University published in the Journal of Management has monitored the work and sex habits of married employees over the course of two weeks and found those couples who had more sex reported “increased positive affect at work the following day, independent of the effects of marital satisfaction” and that “sex at home increased both daily job satisfaction and daily job engagement as a function of increased positive affect.”
Then study also went on to note that “daily work-to-family strain-based conflict significantly reduced the likelihood of engaging in sex at home that evening.” Essentially, yes, any work related stress may deter your loving at home.
The positive effects of sex lasted for both men and women within the 24-hour period and “equally strong”.
“This is a reminder that sex has social, emotional, and physiological benefits, and it’s important to make it a priority,” study co-author Keith Leavitt, an associate professor at OSU’s College of Business, said in a statement. “Just make time for it.”
Sexual behavior represents relatively common and mundane home-life behavior, with demonstrated impact on both mood and general physical and psychological well-being. Integrating emergent research on sex and mood with theory on work-life enrichment, we propose a novel model demonstrating the effects of sexual behavior at home on next-day job satisfaction and job engagement as a function of positive affect. Using a 2-week daily diary study of married, employed adults, we found that (a) when employees engaged in sex at home, they reported increased positive affect at work the following day, independent of the effects of marital satisfaction; (b) sex at home increased both daily job satisfaction and daily job engagement as a function of increased positive affect; and (c) daily work-to-family strain-based conflict significantly reduced the likelihood of engaging in sex at home that evening. Accordingly, we extend theory on work-life enrichment by demonstrating the import of seemingly banal behavior on daily work life, with implications for work-life impingement.