I had a friend once tell me that her grandmother used to say that touching herself in her "special lady area" would make her hand fall off. "I mean, they should be promoting masturbation, not bashing it," she told me. "It's not like my fingers are going to get me knocked up!"

Masturbation is one of the greatest recreational tools and the safest form of sex that we can engage in. Anybody with a hand (or sex toy!) can get down and dirty with themselves. It’s free and it's safe.

In case those aren’t good enough reasons to spend some quality time with yourself right this very second, here are 10 more.

You’ll Get More Intimate With Your Body

When you’re having sexy solo time, you’re interacting with your bod in the most intimate way possible. While masturbating, you’re able to learn what turns you on, pay attention to your body, and create a greater awareness of your own sexual wants and needs. You can teach a future partner to use what you've learned about yourself to get you off in the future.

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It'll Improve Your Health and Wellness

Contrary to some beliefs that masturbation is the devil’s work, it’s actually great for your health and wellness. It helps to increase blood circulation, giving you that glow. It also makes the sex organs in both genders a lot more potent.

Masturbation has been proven to relieve stress by decreasing the release of the stress hormone cortisol. It helps women achieve orgasm and also helps to relieve different medical issues with men including premature ejaculation.

It’s a Cheap Date

Single people (sadly!) do not typically get to have sex as often as people in relationships. Those choices can put your body - and your ego - in jeopardy. So, just hit the sack with your hand.

Make a special night out of it. Rent a movie, cook yourself a gourmet meal or take yourself out somewhere nice for dinner. Then, when the time is right, you can add a bit of lube, and voila! Party time begins.

Masturbation is instant relief for your sexual tension and will it can cause you to become drowsy. The oxytocin and endorphins that are released from masturbation are "lullaby" hormones. That's why people often report that they have a great sleep after an orgasm!

It Beats Boredom

Why don’t you stop twiddling your thumbs or looking up pictures of dancing cats online and do something more productive with your time ... like get yourself off?

Masturbation is basically the easiest, cheapest and simplest tool to beat boredom. It also makes for a great story when you do meet someone special. Many partners love the idea of knowing their partners touch themselves. Many also enjoy watching it happen or want to participate in mutual masturbation.

It Increases Your Willpower

Instead of taking any ol' person home with you tonight from the bar, just masturbate. No need to lower your standards just because you're horny. Stick to your guns and don’t panic when the bar lights finally come on. You know exactly who you are going home with - yourself. Choosing self-love can also protect you against unwanted pregnancy and STIs.

It Boosts Self-Esteem

Having an orgasm can make you feel incredibly sexy and desirable. It also releases a whole lot of endorphins. Endorphins are your body’s natural version of happy pills. Only these pills come free of any side effects. Sweet!

It Makes You Last Longer

When you masturbate, your reception to sexual ministrations rises along with your resilience to them. This basically means that you’ll be able to last longer while you’re with your partner because your genitals are used to being aroused for a longer period of time.

It Helps You Have Better Orgasms

When you masturbate, you find out what gets you off. In turn, you can teach your partner what you like in bed.

It's Safe Sex

Scared of sexually transmitted diseases? That isn't something to worry about when you're using your fingers. Choosing yourself over a stranger zeros out the risk of getting an STI or unwanted pregnancy. You get all of the fun and none of the potential medical problems. It's a win-win!

Just Because

There’s always a good time and reason to masturbate. Is it Tuesday? Go ahead, masturbate! Did you get a promotion at work? Masturbate! You never need an excuse to feel good.