Greater frequency of sex is linked to greater happiness with marriage and greater happiness overall.

This is according to data from 238 married people age 65 and older who took part in the 2004-2008 General Social Surveys.

The study participants were asked how many times they had had sex in the last 12 months. They were also asked how happy they were with life in general and with their marriages.

Only 40% of people who did not have sex within the last 12 months reported that they were very happy with life in general, compared to almost 60% of those who reported having sex more than once a month.

Only 59% of those who did not have sex in the last year said they were very happy with their marriage, compared to almost 80% of those who had sex at least once a month.

The study findings were presented at the Gerontological Society of America’s annual scientific meeting. Because the information was presented at a meeting, it should be considered as preliminary and subject to change until published in a peer-reviewed journal.