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, says her research focused on a sample of 40,000 people on -- 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.