I was going through my articles that I had written over the last few years and came across The Power of Girlfriends on Women’s Health. I thought it would be fun to re-post it (with a little change up). October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month; A time to reflect on how important and powerful the relationship between women are. No other person, other than another woman, could understand what goes on with our bodies.
Here’s what I wrote back in 2013:
In an evening class at Stanford University, there was a lecture given on mind-body connection and the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (head of psychiatry at Stanford) said 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. Sounds a bit funny, but he was quite 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 to create more serotonin (a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create a general feeling of wellbeing). 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 suggested that spending time with a friend is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym. There is 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 and 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!
My Little secret: Let’s toast to our friendships with our girlfriends. Evidently it’s very good for our health!
Thanks to all the gal-friends in my life who have helped me stay healthy, happy and feeling very loved.
One more thing: Take care of your body and don’t forget to get your mammogram. It can save your life. Let’ support Breast Cancer awareness and research. We are WOMEN HELPING WOMEN.