August 17, 2009
Sex may boost workplace problem solving
Increased sexual activity may lead to an improvement in problem-solving, confidence and teamwork at work, a U.S. researcher says.
Dr. Helen Fisher, chief scientific adviser to the Web site Chemistry.com, says her research focused on a sample of 40,000 people on Chemistry.com -- 56 percent female -- with an average age of 37.
In addition to being great exercise and a stress reliever, sex triggers the release of a number of valuable brain chemicals,Helen Fisher says in a statement.
From improved problem-solving as a result of heightened dopamine levels, to enhanced teamwork skills due to a flood of oxytocin -- there are a number of positive benefits which can improve performance in the workplace.
The study also says:
-- The dopamine rush one gets from sex is associated with improved creativity, so it's likely those who have regular sex are more creative at work.
-- After sex, men and women receive a boost of chemicals that generate feelings of trust, attachment and calm. Those who have regular sex are likely to feel more cooperative and agreeable.
-- Sex also drives up testosterone, which can give men and women feelings of competence, self-confidence and well-being.