Sex beyond a certain age
Forget money, a healthy, active sex life is key to happiness during retirement.
According to results of a study of over-65s, those who had sex at least once a month were at least 50 percent more likely to consider themselves happy.
Study researcher Adrienne Jackson believes that the study opens up the possibility of new approaches for dealing with issues of sexual dysfunction in older people.
The study analysed the sex lives and happiness of 238 people over the age of 65 in the US and found that frequent sex was linked to greater marital happiness and even happiness in general.
Of those who said they had sex at least once a month (60 percent of respondents), most said they were very happy in comparison to the 40 percent who had been celibate for a year.
These results remained such even after researchers took into account factors such as health, age, gender and financial status.
Another study conducted earlier this year found that women between the ages of 60 and 89 who had active sex lives reported better quality of life and happiness.
More research also shows that the baby boomer generation reports being more satisfied with their sex lives than younger generations. Almost 60 percent reported being happier with their sex life after the age of 50 than they were in their twenties and thirties.