I was just reading an article on the mind-body connection and was struck by references to the relationship between relationships and disease.
It reported that one of the best things a man can do for his health is to be married to a woman.
A woman, on the other hand, can improve her health by nurturing her relationships with her girlfriends.
I’ve been suspecting as much for a long, long time. We women connect with each other differently than men, and can help each other deal with stress and trying life experiences.
Did you know that your “girlfriend time” helps your body release more serotonin – that little transmitter of good feelings.
Guys connect without conversation .
We share feelings and blow off steam, while the guys rarely sit down and share feelings. They can chew the fat all day long on football, politics or golf. But their feelings? Nope. Do they even have any? Sometimes I wonder. (Just kidding.)
One article I read said that spending time with a friend is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out at the gym. Failing to engage with our friends can be just as dangerous as smoking!
So here’s to girlfriends everywhere. I can remember when I was still trying to succeed at a career, I didn’t think I liked women all that much. But, as I grow older, I’ve mellowed out and discovered the joys of being a friend and having friends – especially female.
Of course, guy friends aren’t all that bad either….