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, menopause 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.