Hi lovelies! Today I was going to write the Blissful Blogger list (thank you to those who tagged me) but I got sidetracked when I read an email from my mom about the importance of female friendships. It was just a forward but it claimed that spending time with your girlfriends is actually vital to your health. Never one to pass up time with my girls, I wanted to look into this further.
Apparently, eleven years ago UCLA did a landmark study on stress and our responses to it. Usually this study was only performed on men but recently they included women and discovered that the genders deal with stress completely differently. When women are stressed, they release the hormone oxytocin which interacts with estrogen and encourages them to tend to children or to other women. As it turns out, when spending time with other women, more oxytocin is released which counters stress and produces a calming effect! Moreover, when oxytocin levels are high, stress is less likely to do damage to the body and women are better able to heal better and faster.
But even with evidence like this, we tend to feel bad about spending time with our girlfriends. We become too busy with our work, families and significant others to feel that we have the time to make that phone call or plan that dinner. Yet, not only is it important, but it’s necessary for our health. If your friends live far away, don’t worry because in a study on the affect of female friendships on breast cancer survival rates, they found that proximity among friends was not even a factor, simply whether they had friends.
It’s funny but in the blog world, I really feel like we all are friends too. This is such an incredible, supportive community and I truly feel that we are all good for each others health and well being! So today, I’ll be reading your blogs for a little “girlfriend time” and tonight I’ll be going out to dinner with one in San Francisco. Here’s to our health ladies!
-What’s your favorite thing to do with your girlfriends?