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    Post by Willows on Tue Jul 06, 2010 11:01 am

    I've just received this in an email....regarding female friendships........

    "A friend just finished taking an evening class at Stanford. 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 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 schmooze 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!!!"

    Similarily....there must be benefits for male friendships...so come on you guys....let's have your input as well!

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    Re: Friends

    Post by oceanna on Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:20 pm

    Willows, That is interesting and I think it's 'right on'.
    It's too bad men can't talk more about their feelings,
    especially to their wives or partners.

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