Masturbation is a taboo subject. There's usually a stigma of guilt and embarrassment surrounding it. As a result, nobody discusses or admits to it, and it's often something you're expected to keep to yourself.
However, masturbation is a form of sexual exploration and allows you to learn about your body and finding out your limits regarding intimacy with other people.
Also, the sexual release from an orgasm has many health benefits, including relieving stress, helping you relax, better sleep, boosting your mood, and relieving menstrual cramps and muscle tension in women. Not to mention that when you have an orgasm, your body releases endorphins - also known as the 'happy hormone' - that block pain and make you feel good.
When people think of masturbation, it's usually connected to something shameful that horny teenage boys do in their bedrooms, but that couldn't be far from the truth.
According to a study from PubMed Central, 27 to 40 per cent of adult women and 41 to 65 per cent of adult men reported masturbating within the past month.
Some people do it only once in a while, while others do it more frequently, while others choose not to do it.
Everyone experiences sexual tension, and masturbation is a natural and healthy thing to do.
Some professionals even encourage self-pleasure, saying masturbation should be added to your self-care routine. And with all the benefits you can get from an orgasm, you don't need to wait for a partner to experience the sensations of sexual pleasure.
Sexual tension is a natural feeling, so the release to deal with it should be just as natural.
When you hear about soulmates, you often think about finding your perfect match. Your other half. The love of your life who completes you. It's often thrown around in shows about love like The Bachelor, where contestants expect to find a deep connection through the power of reality TV.
Finding your soulmate is essential for love, as successful marriages are more than just social compatibility.
Although contrary to popular belief, your soulmate doesn't necessarily need to be a romantic connection.
Essentially, a soulmate is someone who "gets" you - who you can connect with on a deeper level.
A soulmate doesn't have to be the love of your life or someone you share a romantic connection with. Your soulmate could simply be a best friend or anyone you share a close relationship with on an emotional or spiritual level. The link feels natural, and you balance each other out.
You bond over a shared emotion - you feel and connect when something good or bad happens. Your soulmate can be someone you can be yourself with.
The idea of a soulmate can be traced as far back in texts from Plato, the Greek philosopher.
Plato was quoted in his text "Symposium" back around 385–370 BC, saying:
"...when one of them meets with his other half, the actual half of himself … the pair are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy, and one will not be out of the other's sight, as I may say, even for a moment."
Plato is also quoted saying that all humans were once united with their other half, but Zeus split them apart out of fear and jealousy.
There's also the religious interpretation of the human soul's connection to God.
Overall, the idea of soulmates has been around for centuries. As humans, we're curious to know who our other half is. With that said, who's to say that this person can't be someone else in your life, like a co-worker or a friend? Embrace all human connection and you will find your soulmate. Who knows? You might find more than one.
The age old question, “does money really buy happiness?”
Whether you’re just starting out in your career, you’re considering relocating for work, or you just had a complete change in your career midlife, this question is constantly going to cross your mind, “does money really buy happiness?”
I myself have experienced this, but have also talked to many friends, co-workers, and family members who all too often feel trapped in their job and feel like it’s the only thing they will do for the rest of their lives and only took it because of the money, but not the passion. Don’t get me wrong, not a lot of us are financially free where we can just do whatever we want and not worry about the money, but that doesn’t mean we have to allow money to completely rule our lives.
It’s true that money can buy you a lot of extravagant things, but remember money can’t buy friendship, love, relationships, compassion, true alignment and your life's purpose. Money gives you objects, you can buy diamond rings, a big house, a convertible, and all things luxury, but money simply will not buy happiness. Money will only give you a temporary reward.
Money can buy you a house, but can not turn a house into a home. Creating memories with people you love and care about is what life is really about.
So before you take that next amazing job offer, or you work those extra hours to get more money, think about all that you are missing in the midst of doing that and how your happiness is forever, where money is limited.