Girlfriends for Health

Posted: March 7, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Every now and then I come across a non-art related email or article that “hits me” and I want to share it with fellow bloggers.   I call it “Fluff” stuff in my blog.  So this was not written by me but I’m so happy to read it.  Hope you are too.

They Teach It at Stanford

An evening class at Stanford focuses on the mind-body connection – 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 marry 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 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 wellbeing.  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. So-o-o-o-o, let’s toast to our friendships. Evidently it’s very good for our health.”

And, “thank you” to my special gal pal for sending this my way today…..

  1. That is what I have been doing lately and I’m in such joy and peace. Thanks for the article.

  2. Kristina says:

    Great post Denise! My girlfriends are spread across the nation and we try to get together once a year for a girlfriends weekend. It’s always somewhere new and we have a blast every time and feel so refreshed afterward. Much needed and highly recommended!

  3. Deena Pace says:

    Once I went to a seminar in Houston. The topic was that internalized stress caused cancer. True? Could be. Houston is an acclaimed medical center.

  4. we are now in the midst of moving into new home and got internet back after a few days of limbo (connection wise). How nice to get back and read this blog, Denise. Good thoughts!!
    And I couldn’t agree more!!

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