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Is Friendship Good For Your Health?

By on June 18, 2017

Do you look forward to girl’s night out? Smile when you get a text from a good friend? Feel better after venting to your BFF about a problem? There is a reason for that. Friendship isn’t just a social convention or obligation. It is an important part of our lives, our well being, and overall health. This is especially true when it comes to female friendships. That is if you believe a recent email chain making the rounds.

Yes, an email chain. Don’t roll your eyes just yet! It is different to the “forward this to 10 friends or you will have bad luck forever” type of messages you have received in the past. This specific email is putting friendship first. According to the email, a lecture was given at Stanford University. During this lecture, the speaker said that the best thing a woman can do for her health is to focus on friendship. The more time we spend with friends, the better we are to deal with stressful situations. These friendships also help “to create more serotonin – a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create general feelings of well being.” Not bad for a night out with the girls!

That’s right. Friendship is actually good for our health. Spending time with fellow women – whether that time is spent talking, bonding, or just being around one another – can positively impact our mood, help us relate to others on a higher level, and even boost our confidence. It’s not surprising, really. Just think about the way you feel after a lunch date with one of your friends. Maybe she told you about her new job or you filled her in on some family drama. Having someone to talk to, to be there, to understand, can make all the difference.

It makes me happy that the people in our lives support us in ways we never think to acknowledge. A fun night out might seem like just that. But in reality, it makes us feel happy, connected, and ready to take on the world. That positive attitude can be life changing. Why? A positive state of mind combined with reduced stress levels is a wonderful thing for the body and the mind.

Knowing what we know now about the effects of friendship on our health, I have a challenge for you. Pick up the phone. Call or text a friend you have been meaning to catch up with. Fill your calendar with lunch dates, dinners, movie nights, coffee breaks, and anything else you can. Post an old picture on a friend’s Facebook page. Write someone a thoughtful note. Share the love! The benefits are never-ending.

How will you share the love?

Photograph Courtesy of I Wish I Knew This.

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