“Oh, I Get By With A Little Health From My Friends”

Hey everyone it’s Sandy and this time for my blog I wanted to share a letter one of my clients posted on her Facebook page. It explains the importance true friendships have on our well-being. Lately, I find this so true and I know I have read or studied  this at some point in my life, but we can all use friendly little reminders. So let your sisters, buddies and bestie’s know how grateful you are for their friendships and truly value the time you spend together. Here’s to a little  health from our friends!

To my girlfriends!!

One 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 heath 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 difficult life experiences. Physically the quality of girlfriend time helps 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 based on activities. We share from our souls with our sisters/mothers and evidently that is very GOOD for our health. He said spending time with a friend is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out in a gym.
There is 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 health as smoking!
So every time you hang out to schmooze with a gal pal, (and this included our “on-line” friends) just pat yourself on the back for doing something good for your health! We are indeed very, very lucky. SO lets toast to our friendship with our girlfriends. Apparently it is very good for our health!
Thanks to all the girls in my life who have helped me stay healthy, happy and feeling very loved!
Thanks Nicole for the memento! 
Here’s a link that I enjoyed and found interesting that also stresses the importance of friendships on our health and longevity.

http://www.seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/health/2002335724_healthwomenfriends15.html#.T2wAn7gk0nE.link

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