Basic —but vital—needs being met contribute significantly to overall health and well-being. They play a substantial role in disease prevention, maintenance and the success of many therapeutic interventions.
A well-balanced diet, sufficient sleep, routine exercise and social connection are core tenets that empower us to go out into the world each and every day. These necessary tools of daily living serve to improve our physical and mental health.
Sex is also considered an essential component of life and wellness. Touch, intimacy and the resultant pleasurable physiologic responses bestow a number of benefits and facilitate the ability for us to participate in the experience of being human.
Though most research in the United States tends to emphasize the...