#4. Blood pressure and eases stress
Sexual intercourse specifically (not masturbation) lowered systolic blood pressure.” That’s the first number on your blood pressure test. Being close to your partner can soothe stress and anxiety. Touching and hugging can release your body’s natural “feel-good hormone.” Sexual arousal releases a brain chemical that revs up your brain’s pleasure and reward system. Sex and intimacy can boost your self-esteem and happiness. It’s not only a prescription for a healthy life, but a happy one.