Having Sex Could Give You A Happier Christmas, Says Science
Santa Claus isn't the only one who's coming...
We're just going to come right out and say this: having orgasms may actually keep you happy.
And if you're getting a little narky as the year draws to a close, then maybe a little action is all you need for Christmas.
You see, orgasms release chemicals that decrease stress. The main chemical is oxytocin, which, according to LiveScience, make people's orgasms more intense. And then there is dopamine, too. Perhaps the most powerful chemical our brain naturally produces; it's responsible for the part of the brain called "the pleasure circuit," which accounts for the euphoric mood you might feel post-coitus."
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And who doesn't need a bit of (the big O) relief over the festive season?
It gets better. Orgasms can aid digestion, too, which is great to hear and will certainly keep some of us happy once the turkey is on the table.
And we mean turkey -- minds out of the gutter, please.
According to FloLiving.com orgasms don't only feel good, they're also good for you. In fact, they "provide overall lymphatic massage, helping your body’s natural detoxification process to improve digestion and mood and help prevent cancer."
And much like chocolate, socks and a Westfield voucher, an orgasm is a gift for anyone. For example, says the team at Lovehoney, when you orgasm, your blood is flooded with dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a steroid that has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack in middle-aged men.
Middle-aged men, you're welcome.
Leading neuroscientist Dr Nicole Prause worked with Lovehoney to evaluate how women felt post-orgasm. Not only did subjects reveal they were happier, but they also reported being less angry and anxious. Again, you're welcome.
A study out of Princeton in 2010 also said that orgasms induce deep relaxation by boosting endorphin levels and flushing cortisol (an inflammatory hormone released by the adrenal glands) out of the body. The study also found that "sex reduced anxiety-like behaviour."
A must for the festive season.
If that wasn't enough to make you want to head straight to the sack -- orgasms can actually make you look younger too, and isn't that guaranteed to make you merry and bright all year round (but especially during party season)?
Consultant neuro-psychologist Dr David Weeks did a 10-year study of the subject, and told the BBC: "Pleasure derived from sex is a crucial factor in preserving youth. It makes us happy and produces chemicals telling us so," he claims. Added Lovehoney -- "Orgasms will make you smile, and a 2016 study confirmed that when you smile, you look younger."
“Sex is a really great form of exercise,” US specialist Joseph J. Pinzone, MD says. And while it won’t replace working off the mince pies on the treadmill, it counts for something. Which will make you happy that you may not have to head to the gym over the holiday period. Sex uses about five calories per minute, four more calories than watching TV. Out of breath just thinking about it. “Like with exercise, consistency helps maximize the benefits,” Pinzone says.
We wish you a merry O-Christmas.
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