Saturday, June 12, 2010

to all my blog friends and gal pals...

Recently, a friend sent this to me and I want to share it with you...

"A thought to share… 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 seratonin--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, 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 shmooze 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. Sooooo let's toast to our friendship with our girlfriends. Evidently it's very good for our health!"

You are all good for my health and I thank you for that! A cyber-toast to us... and let's all keep shmoozing!

6 comments:

  1. I miss you!! Come home soon xoxoxo

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  2. I have always thought this was true!

    Thank you for your congratulations on son#1. It was so nice spending all that time with him.

    I see you and Carter have been bonding by the lake. What cute pics. I think there is something so cute about pictures where babies are crying when we are holding them. It is so of the moment and real. Love seeing all of them. :) xoxo

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  3. I know you are good for MY health, sweet friend! What a year this has been; I am so very grateful that you have been a part of it -- you are an inspiration and I have to believe you will continue to be for years to come. Because you are a survivor, SJN. You surely are. :-)

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  4. I ALWAYS enjoy reading your blog. It is definitely good for my health! =)

    Cheers to you!

    -Vicki

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  5. Amen! And isn't it wonderful that women know this intuitively?

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