Sexual activity is considered to be a barometer for health, quality of life, well-being and happiness.
We all know that our performance at work can directly affect the level of happiness and satisfaction we experience, or conversely, the level of stress and frustration. It may be worth considering, too, how our level of intimate and sexual satisfaction impact our productivity and creativity at work.
One study, lead by Dr. Nick Drydakis, an economics lecturer at Angila Ruskin University in Cambridge, England, suggests that employees who have sex two or three times a week earn 4.5 per cent more than those who are less sexually active. And while that statistic is interesting it might be more useful to deconstruct the factors involved in the findings.
I believe people are ultimately driven by a deep longing to connect. Yet, it’s exactly that intimate connection that is lacking in so many of our modern-day on-line and success-driven lives. “Ya, and?” you may be saying. Well if intimacy and connection are deep human motivators and we are becoming more and more disconnected via the virtual age then we aren’t getting a basic need met.
What happens when our needs go unaddressed and unmet? Disruption. That may come in the form of stress, anxiety, loneliness, detachment or a number of other non-productive emotional and psychological factors. As entrepreneurs, we must attain high levels of creativity and productivity to fulfill the vision of our business. That’s a fact.
Another fact is that love and sex in healthy relationships support feelings of connection, meaning, and joy. Oxytocin and dopamine are released when we make love and oxygen circulation increases 400% boosting your body’s natural ability to combat stress and fatigue.
So if love and sex contribute directly to feelings of happiness, connection, and meaning as well as provide high levels of energy for creativity and productivity, it would stand to reason that your work would be positively impacted by getting it on.
The challenge we face being so passionately involved in our work is that we often don’t give much thought to sex and intimacy. If we are in a relationship, we let auto-pilot take over while we focus on birthing and raising our babies (in my case, a relationship coaching practice) and rarely do we make the time to cultivate the sexual fire within ourselves, even though that fire is the source of our creativity.
Being a business owner with a global impact vision, I am in the throws of entrepreneurship and face all the highs and lows that come with that. The only difference between you and me is that I have an inside track into one of the fundamental disruptors in business (and life). I’ve seen the absence of sexual passion, pleasure, and play wreak havoc on relationships and, consequently, in the businesses of well-meaning entrepreneurs.
Don’t let this happen to you. My advice? Bottoms Up!
This post was originally published on How Love & Sex Impact Your Business’s Bottom Line. It is re-posted here with permission of the author.
Author credit: COLETTE DAVENPORT http://www.colettedavenport.com/aboutcd/