You want to be healthy? GET A GIRLFRIEND!

This is an excerpt from another woman’s blog that I liked:

“I just finished taking an evening class at Stanford. 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 all 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 us 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. They rarely sit down with a buddy and talk about how they feel about certain things or how their personal lives are going. Jobs? Yes. Sports? Yes. Cars? Yes. Fishing, hunting, golf? Yes. But their feelings? Rarely.

Women do it all of the time. 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.”

I am fortunate to have many amazing girlfriends, and about a year and a half ago we (ladies in our neighborhood) started holding GNO’s (girls night out) every single month. We just invite everyone and anyone (mostly thru FaceBook) and whoever shows up has a blast! Whoever put the invite on FB is incharge of calling the restaurant. And we tell everyone to invite anyone they want, so we always have new faces showing up to have fun! We also started celebrating birthdays that were in that month as well at GNO so if it is your birthday that month, your dinner check is divided among the rest of us so yours is free. (And there is usually between 6-14 there.) I LOVE IT! We have so much fun and I haven’t been able to go every month, but just about- and it IS soooo worth my time and apparently, my HEALTH! YES! Loving that prospect!