Girl Time Is Good For Us – They Teach This At Stanford University

January 16, 2019

This article was written for Annabel & Grace, which is now part of Rest Less.

This was sent to me recently from a girlfriend in the US. It is what we all know deep down, but now it is being taught! I love time with my girlfriends and have just embarked on dance classes for Jane and I with Ian Waite (Strictly Come Dancing fame). We drive together chatting all the way, then enjoy 90 minutes of hilarity with Ian. We must produce so much seratonin in that one evening a week. Anyway read on…..

They teach this at Stanford

“I  just finished taking 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 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 well being. 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 girlfriend, just pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing  something good for your health! We are indeed very, very lucky. So let’s toast to our  friendship with our girlfriends. Evidently it’s  very good for our health.

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