…And we’re back with an LBee & the Money Tree favorite—sex and money. You frisky little devils ate this stuff up before, and I’m here to add a little somethin’ somethin’ to the conversation.
If you missed LBee’s colorful commentary about a CNNMoney article on money and sex, I’ll sum it up for you:
- wealthier people have better sex
- when a man’s net worth increases so does the frequency of their female partner’s orgasms
- people who have sex frequently enjoy an increases in their level of happiness equivalent to a $50,000 pay raise
And let’s not forget when L Bee made the infamous and unforgettable claim, “…much like the Lucky Charms leprechaun, my clitoris can now detect gold.” Ah-mazing. What I’d like to do is turn the premise of that article upside down.
Most of the CNN Money article focused on how wealth leads to great sex. The problem is WE AREN’T RICH YET. Are we to gawk and be jealous of rich people and their fantastical sex lives? No way. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
Let’s take matters into our own bedrooms, because I believe that the reverse is true: great sex leads to wealth.
Sex and Money are Intertwined
Fact 1: Great Sex Makes you Great at Your Job
The CNN Money article gave about one sentence to the idea that sex can lead to wealth. The article quoted Dr. Helen Fischer who said that the endorphins released by sex can give you increased creativity, problem-solving, cooperation, and confidence—potentially making you better at your job.
That just so happens to tie in beautifully with the research of one of my favorite authors.
Napoleon Hill, my financial philosopher of choice, is the writer of an all-time bestselling book, Think and Grow Rich. In this 1937 book, he condenses 20 years of wealth-building wisdom derived from 500 of the America’s richest people, from George Washington to Andrew Carnegie to Henry Ford.
In Think and Grow Rich, he devotes an entire chapter of this book to sex and success. In that chapter he offers this mini case study–“A teacher, who has trained and directed the efforts of more than 30,000 salespeople, made the astounding discovery that highly sexed men were the most efficient salesmen.”
We can safely assume that if these men were being taught the art of sales, they were not already wealthy. However, by being “highly sexed” they were able to sell more and likely become very wealthy.
When you can channel the effects of your sexual chutzpah into selling more, solving problems and wowing your boss with your charm and confidence, you’ve got a recipe for success, wealth and status.
Fact 2: More sex, less frivolous spending.
Most people in the first world crave adventure. Our brains are hardwired for novelty, and we start getting antsy when we go without it.
In the land of 9-5 cubicle-dwellers with only 2 weeks of PTO (read: most of the 20-something professional population), we are frequently deprived of adventure. Our cubes are gray, our schedule is repetitive and our vacations are short. To combat this bleakness, we overspend, overeat, and over-imbibe, (and probably watch too many cat videos on YouTube).
Sex has a pretty miraculous way of filling our need for adventure. It’s feisty and fun for our bodies and minds. Fulfilling that need for novelty can also can get us quickly to the phenomenon that “when your wealth rises, so do your number of orgasms.”
I’m just saying, practice makes perfect.
Fact 3: Better sex, better health
Sex also has some surprising health benefits that go beyond that woo-woo level of fulfillment I just talked about.
Scientific studies have shown that that people who have sex regularly have better blood pressure, immune systems, immune function, weight, and sleep than their counterparts who have sex less often. It also reduces stress, anxiety and mild depression.
That all makes evolutionary sense right? If your body is in baby-making mode, you better be in good health and emotionally stable!
The benefit to your wallet, of course, is that when you’re having sex more often, you’ll likely to spend less on expensive doctor’s visits, surgery, prescriptions, gym memberships, and even your pick-me-up cup of Joe.
Fact 4: Having more sex leaves you with less time to spend money.
If you’re cooped up under the covers for a few hours, you have way more fun things to think about than how to use your 20% coupon off at Bed Bath and Beyond.
All in all, as part of your financial success, I encourage you to push for that promotion, keep your checkbook balanced, and have sex at least once a week. Not only will it FEEL like a $50,000 pay raise, but might ACTUALLY help you make more and save more.
No lover in your life? I’m thinking that online dating service is looking like a pretty good investment right about now.
Leah Manderson is the founder and author of DollarDarlings.com. Through her blog and programs, she inspires women to become financially fierce through upgrading their money mindsets, making more money, investing in the stock market, and automating their finances. Professionally, she is an Investor Relations Manager for a boutique asset management company. You can follow her on Twitter at @leahmanderson.