Relationship Between Stress and Disease, a lecture on the mind-body connection was taught by head of psychiatry at Stanford.
Among other things, 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.
Don’t laugh. 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.
The professor said 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.
When we are hanging out with friends, we are wasting our time and should be more productively engaged…not true.
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 gal pal, just pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good for your health!
We are indeed very, very lucky. Lets toast to our friendship with our girlfriends. Evidently it’s very good for our health. So is knitting…even when I have to rip out this nearly finished foilage wrap that has gone astray! 😀
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
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