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At first glance, statistics about sex in Singapore are not encouraging.

The Society of Men’s Health Singapore asked 300 people aged over 25 about their sex lives. A third said they had sex less than once a month. Admittedly, this poll mostly featured people aged over 41. But  The Durex Global Sex Survey  isn’t much more encouraging. Apparently younger Singaporeans get it on 120 times a year –  less than any other country in the world.

But now science is giving us some good news.

You don’t need to have sex every night – having sex just once a week is enough to increase your happiness and wellbeing.

See also: this is how long you should be having sex for a happier relationship, and how to manage your sexual differences after the wedding.

The University of Toronto polled over 30 thousand single and married people. They discovered that people who had sex once a week also reported an increase in feelings of wellbeing and happiness. But having sex more than once a week did not increase wellbeing – if those people were also married or in a relationship. The study Sexual Frequency Predicts Greater Wellbeing. But More Is Not Always Better was published in the scientific journal Social Psychology and Personality Science.

It explains, “The media often promotes – and research often supports – the claim that the more sex you have, the happier you will feel. But we demonstrate the association between sexual frequency and wellbeing is described by a curvilinear (as opposed to a linear) association, where sex is no longer associated with wellbeing at a frequency of more than once a week.”

See also: the things you want to know about sex, but never dared ask, and this is how often a happy couple should be having sex.

The bottom line: make time for regular sex in your relationship. But if you’re too tired in the middle of a busy working week… don’t let it stress you out. Because a happy relationship is about so much more than sex – hanging out, snuggling on the sofa or laughing over stupid memes together can also boost your feelings of joy.

See also: 5 secrets to sustaining sexual desire in your relationship.

This story was first published on www.cleo.com.sg.

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