We make friends at every stage of life, and every friend is different from each other. We laugh, we enjoy, and we cry together. Sometimes, spending time with the girl gang is more helpful for your personality.
While we all love our families, it has been proven that friendship can extend life expectancy, lower chances of heart disease, and even help us better tolerate pain.
Really! Psychologists were able to predict the size of someone’s social network based on how much pain they were able to withstand. Friendships also make us feel good.
Scientific studies now show that taking an occasional mini-break with your friends is good for your health.
Southern Living published an article that says scientists have now come out with studies that show taking a trip with your girlfriends is good for your health.
In the article, Southern Living cites many different scientific studies, and one says that “it has been proven that friendship can extend life expectancy, lower chances of heart disease, and even help us better tolerate pain.”
Not only is having friends good for your health but maintaining them is also important.
“Keeping a few really good friends around can make a world of difference for our health and well-being,” said Psychologist William Chopik from Michigan State University. “So, it’s smart to invest in the friendships that make you happiest.”
Spending time with friends and maintaining friendships can affect your health, so it’s time to start planning a trip!
While there is some research showing that distance doesn’t have to dampen a friendship, it can be hard to balance busy lives with keeping up with long-distance friendships. Plus, in a series of studies, psychologist William Chopik from Michigan State University, found that in older adults, friendships are a stronger predictor of health and happiness than relationships with family members.
“Keeping a few really good friends around can make a world of difference for our health and well-being,” he said. “So, it’s smart to invest in the friendships that make you happiest.” He also noted that friendships may be more influential on our happiness and health than other relationships, so it’s worth taking the time to make plans to be just with friends. Hence the girls’ weekend.
So clear your schedule and start planning your weekend away, for your health.
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