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Sex Improves Your Relationships and Confidence

When you climax during sex, your body releases chemicals called endorphins that make you feel great. An orgasm is basically nature’s antidepressant (and without all the weird side effects). Other hormones are also released when you climax that can help improve your overall outlook on life and make you a happier person.


The hormone oxytocin is one of these hormones. It is linked to passion, intuition, and bonding. It improves relationships, increases a woman’s and a man’s sense of empathy, and lowers the guards between lovers while helping to increase a sense of trust and connection between them. It helps women feel more social (which is often lost during high stress) and enhances connections among coworkers. Higher levels of oxytocin relieve depression, create a sense of happiness, knock down negativity, and even help to eliminate postpartum depression. Oxytocin is also believed to improve the relationships between parents and children.


The psychological benefits of a healthy sex life are many. The feeling of extreme joy or elation you get after good sex lasts longer than you think. People who are sexually active are also less likely to have alexithymia. This is a personality trait characterized by the inability to express or understand emotions. Last, and of pretty great importance for most of us, sex helps you look younger—studies show making love three times a week in a stress-free relationship can make you look ten years younger, which for sure helps your self-esteem.



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