Although the argument can be made that people are never truly ready to have children, it is clear that timing is everything for humans when it comes to reproduction. Unplanned teen pregnancies create a vicious cycle of welfare motherhood that is difficult to break unless contraception is used to prevent these pregnancies in the first place. Using contraceptives responsibly can clearly contribute to the mental well-being of single young people who enjoy sex but do not want the lifelong responsibility of children yet. It is reasonable to suggest that a single young mother with three or four screaming babies and infants will not enjoy the same level of mental and physical well-being at their peers with no children, and the demands associated with raising these children to adulthood never really go away entirely but rather remain a lifelong responsibility.
Likewise, newly married couples just starting out in life may want to postpone having children until they have finished college, found decent jobs, and bought their first home, also making the association between contraception and mental well-being apparent. By using contraception, married couples are able to sleep soundly at night knowing that their family planning is effective and appropriate. Just as importantly, using appropriate contraception serves other purposes that contribute to physical well-being of women throughout the lifespan as well, including postponing the childbearing years until they are physically ready and preventing pregnancies after they reach an age at which having children is regarded as more dangerous for the mother. In sum, contraception used in accordance with individuals’ needs is associated with improved physical and mental well-being throughout the lifespan.
Why communicating effectively in relationships is associated with physical and mental well-being throughout the lifespan.
Some observers suggest that driving in heavy traffic is the most difficult thing that average humans do on a routine basis, but anyone who has been in a relationship can readily testify that communicating effectively with someone else can be the hardest thing most people ever have to do. The need for effective communication exists at every point in a relationship, and extends far beyond mental well-being that results from assurances being made by one partner that the coffee will be made in the morning, the dry cleaning will be picked up and that groceries will be purchased before the beer and chips run out.
On the one hand, communicating effectively in a relationship can contribute to a wide range of positive physical and mental health outcomes, including the trust and nurturing bond that forms between two people over time. On the other hand, though, miscommunications of any type can cause irreparable rifts between people in ways that severely diminish their mental and physical well-being. Conversely, as people improve their communications, their mental and physical well-being will also improve. When two people fail to communicate effectively, though, virtually everything else in their relationship suffers. In some cases, a failure to communicate can be related to inattention or disinterest on the part of one of the partners in the relationship, but it can also be caused by an organic problem such as hearing loss that may be unidentified. Irrespective of its source, anything that detracts from effective communication in a relationship can result in diminished mental and physical well-being. Making the effort to communicate effectively day in and day out, however, requires an ongoing commitment that can be easily eroded if complacency and sloth are allowed to interfere with the communications between two people in a relationship. Why exploring and understanding your sexual identity (heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, etc.) is...