In an evening class at Stanford University the last lecture was on the mind-body connection – the relationship between stress and disease.
The head of psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences Professor David Speigel at Stanford said, “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.”
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 is to create more serotonin – a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create a general feeling of wellbeing. Women share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities. Women tend to share more from a soulful place with sisters/mothers, and evidently that is very GOOD for our health.
The professor also stated that spending time with a girlfriend 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 girlfriends, 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 get together with a gal pal, congratulate yourself knowing you are doing something great for your health!
Many thanks to all the wonderful women friends in my life who have helped me stay healthy, happy, and loved!
“GIRLFRIEND TIME IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH” watch presentation @http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlFaIxTv1_w (on March 16, 2010)presentation David Spiegel, Stanford Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences