Here’s a productivity hack that we all should go ahead and try during the workday tomorrow. A Swedish councilor is floating the notion that employees’ performance would get a boost if they were allowed paid sex breaks at work.
He thinks workers should be allowed a one hour break every day to go home to their partners to get busy. This, he says, would invigorate people to get back to the daily desk grind while maintaining strong relationships with their significant others.
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“There are studies that show sex is healthy,” Per-Erik Muskos, a 42-year-old city councillor for the town of Övertorneå, told the AFP news agency. He’s right: Sex is good for the heart, physical contact lowers blood pressure, regular sex can make your immune system healthier, and orgasms are up there with meditation and exercise for melting away stress.
As Quartz notes, Sweden’s approach to working life is a lot different from Americans’ to begin with:
That a small-town Swedish politician would encourage sex-breaks is not hugely surprising. In the work-life balance equation, Swedes clearly value life: two or three times a day, it’s common to have fika, or coffee breaks, to help them disconnect, recharge and eat sweets. The country boasts 480 days of paid parental leave which can be shared between parents, and it has experimented with a six-hour work day (for which employees are paid for eight).
What is remarkable is that Muskos sees the logical time slot for the health-driven sex as being during the work day. Swedes already enjoy a relatively easy work schedule —an average of 1612 hours per year, according to the OECD, 9% percent less than the OECD average. And it does not appear that they are burning the midnight oil working late: only 1% of Swedes work overtime, according to the OECD Better Life Index.
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So, they have coffee and pastry breaks, tons of time off for raising families, and super-short workdays in comparison to the rest of the world. Add regularly scheduled sexy time to that equation? Sounds like we’re all moving to Sweden.