Feed on

GirlfriendsI recently received an e-mail about this … I thought it was interesting enough to post on my “Women as Healers” blog. 

“I just finished taking an evening class at Stanford. The last lecture was about the mind-body connection – the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (head of the psychiatry department 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 can do for her health is 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, quality “girlfriend time” helps us to create more serotonin (a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create a general feeling of well being).

He said that spending time with a friend is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym. 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!

Very interesting! Yet another perspective on how women can be healers … to each other!