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sally
October 16th, 2010, 01:49 PM
A freind emailed me this and I want to share it with you all...Thankyou for being my girlfirends.

Girlfriend Time, the Key to Well-Being
There was 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 her girlfriends. At first everyone laughed, but he was serious.

Women connect with each other differently and provide support systems that help each other 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 creates a general feeling of well being.

Bottom line, 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, and golf, yes. But their feelings? Rarely…with the exception of an evolved man.

However, women do this all of the time, sharing from our souls with our sisters. And scientific evidence now shows that this is very good for our health. The speaker said that spending quality time with a girlfriend 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, and when we are hanging out with friends, we are simply wasting our time and should be more productively engaged. Not true at all.

In fact, the speaker said that failure to create and maintain quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking! Now that’s a mouthful…

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!

However, to realize health benefits the time spent together should be of a positive nature such as laughing, encouraging, and uplifting each other rather than focusing on problems. The fact is you get more of what you focus your attention on both, positive or negative, so choose wisely.

As women, we are indeed very, very lucky. So let’s toast to friendships with our girlfriends, it’s very good for our overall well-being and might I add, for our family’s well-being. And so it is…

Blondie
October 16th, 2010, 06:32 PM
Thank you Sally - I appreciate you posting this.

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Dragonfly
October 16th, 2010, 10:06 PM
Thankyou, this was very nice to read, I have forwarded it to a few of my friends with the invitation to meet for coffee a little more often. :)

patticakes
October 16th, 2010, 10:23 PM
Thank you Sally for such an interesting post. I don't really have any friends who live close and I miss being able to comisserate (sp?) but you gals on the board make me feel like a part of the group and make me smile everyday! I love reading about your family and your lives, as well as all the fun projects you work on. Finding the MSQC board has been a bright spot in my life!
Thanks to all of you for that!
Patti

janluna
October 16th, 2010, 11:48 PM
Thank you Sally, This is something all women should know. I adore my husband but the girlfriends I have in my life, including you all, are what keeps my world right. Thank you again Sally. :icon_hug: Love, Jan