Sunday, January 23, 2011

My Gal Pals Are Good For My Health!

I read a recent Facebook post from a friend about a study conducted at Stanford University. This study found that one of the best things for a man's health is being married to a woman. For women, on the other hand, one of the best things for her health is maintaining and nurturing her relationships with her "gal pals."

Apparently, men center their relationships around their activities, such as sports, jobs, cars... Women share their feelings with each other and help one another to deal with stressful life experiences. According to this study, this type of relationship produces serotonin in our bodies, which brings about a general sense of well-being.

The aspect of this study I love the most is spending time with my girlfriends is just as beneficial for me as working out at the gym. Interestingly enough, there's a tendency to think that working out at the gym is worthwhile, whereas, when we're hanging out with our friends we feel as though we should be doing something more productive instead of wasting time. This study went so far as to say that "failure to create and maintain quality relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking!"

Last night I got together with my "gal pals" and we had the time of our lives. We laughed til it hurt, we worked on our vision boards, my daughter entertained us with her Coffee Talk impersonation, and we looked ahead with hope for a very bright 2011.

So every time we hang with our "homies" we can say, "WOO-HOO!!" we're doing something positive for our holistic health!!

Marisa


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