An Interesting Thing About Friendship

An Interesting Thing About Friendship

 

A girlfriend just sent this. At first, I also laughed also, but think the professor is really on to something.

 

An Interesting Thing about Friendship

They Teach It at Stanford:

In an evening class at Stanford University, 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 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.

At first, everyone laughed, but 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. We share from our souls with our sisters/mothers, and evidently, that is very GOOD for our health. He said that 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, 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 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!

 

The article doesn’t mention scientific studies though they probably exist. Studies have shown that married men live longer.

Marriage and men’s health – Harvard Health

www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/marriage-and-mens-health

 

Another site commenting on social relationship and health.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3150158/

 

Does that mean a wife transports a similar type of support to her husband? Just asking! Comments?

 

 

 

 

Jude Urbanski About Jude Urbanski

Jude Urbanski’s passions are ‘people and places.’ She writes women’s fiction featuring strong inspirational romance elements. Her stories invite you to heroes and heroines who spin tragedy into triumph with help from God. First published in nonfiction, Jude continues to write in this field also. Editing services complete Jude’s repertoire.

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  1. Great reminder of how important hanging out with friends really is.

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