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Girlfriends Are Good For Your Health!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

In an evening class at Stanford University the last lecture
was on the mind-body connection - the
relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (head of
psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of the best
things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman
whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her
health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends. At first
everyone laughed, but he was serious.

Women connect with each other differently and provide support
systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life
experiences. Physically this quality “girlfriend time" helps is to
create more serotonin - a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression
and can create a general feeling of well-being.
Women share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities.
We share from our souls with our sisters/mothers, and evidently that is very GOOD for
our health. He said that spending time with a friend is just as
important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym.

There's a tendency to think that when we are "exercising" we are
doing something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with
friends, we are wasting our time and should be more productively
engaged—not true. In fact, he said that failure to create and maintain
quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our
physical health as smoking!

So every time you hang out to schmooze with a gal pal, just pat
yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good
for your health! We are indeed very, very lucky. Sooooo let's toast to
our friendship with our girlfriends. Evidently it's very good for our
health.
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PSMITH3841 8/21/2012 10:24AM

    This is so true. Just spending an hour or so doing lunch with some girlfriends, shopping with my daughter, or spending time at the nursing home with my Mother does wonders for my attitude and seems to lower my stress level. A few hours of dancing with my friends make me absolutely euphoric and burns calories too! emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 8/16/2012 9:50PM

    one of the reasons I like SP is the chance to "talk" to women.

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MELLY3183 8/16/2012 3:08PM

    love it, thanks for sharing!

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/16/2012 8:06AM

    emoticon blog that is why I belong to three Red Hat groups we have so much fun just being Girls again
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STEELKICKIN 8/15/2012 11:05PM

    GREAT BLOG!!! Amen, girlfriend!!
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GRACEISENUF 8/15/2012 8:51PM

    YAY! But I don't need a psychiatrist to tell me that loving my neighbors..(gal pals) is good for my spirit/health....don't think he was actually the first to say that one. :)

Your blog is a good reminder that cultivating friendship is a really good thing.



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BUBBLICIOUS6 8/15/2012 8:42PM

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And I also believe that to be true. Women have a very different relationship with women - it's true. My girlfriends have always been my 'pick-me-up' when I need it the most. Thank you for sharing this! It's true, it's true, it's true!!
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