A healthy, affectionate relationship and sex can be good for your wellbeing. A meaningful sexual relationship can produce great health benefits by releasing hormones and increasing blood flow not unlike exercise. Research conducted at Curtin University’s school of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science has correlated sexual intercourse to the equivalent of 17 minutes of moderate to intense exercise. Intimate and loving sexual relationships release endorphins (feel good chemicals/hormones) and oxytocin the brain. These in turn function as stress reducers and a natural antidepressant. A healthy sexual relationship can boost mood, self-confidence, increase self-esteem and has a full anti-aging affect.