Karen Belz
September 20, 2017 7:09 am
NBC

If you’ve ever heard the phrase “you can’t buy happiness,” you might feel good knowing that it’s been somewhat proven with a new study. The Sainsbury’s Living Well Index interviewed 8,250 people from Britain and found out that sex and sleep are more important than money when talking about general happiness.

The study noted that sleep was key in measuring the overall well-being of their participants. Those who scored the highest on the Living Well scale said that they felt well-rested roughly 60% of the time.

Of course, sex also has a lot to do with happiness. While just one-third of Brits admitted their sex lives were completely satisfying, they scored the highest overall in the study.

While the study is interesting, and makes a lot of sense, Uproxx pointed out something that’s important to remember. Other organizations have proven that poverty and poor sleep have been linked. That means that money might be a bit more important than this particular study suggests. And, well, when we’re worried about paying the bills, sex is often the last thing on our minds.

There are a lot of elements at play. For example, a recent study by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that spending money on things that save us time — like a cleaning service or food delivery — does have some impact on happiness. So it’s not materials, but a chance to have more moments of peace and quiet. (Maybe for sleep or sex. You never know.)

No matter what, nobody can argue that rest and intimacy aren’t important in everyday life. Without sleep, we just aren’t ourselves — without, at least, a morning cup of coffee or five.

Advertisement