"One of the best things that a man can 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." So says Dr. Spiegel professor and associate chair at Stanford University School of Medicine
Hanging out with our girlfriends is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out at the gym. By connecting with our girlfriends, we provide a support system that helps us deal with stress or difficulties in our lives.
Yes all that talking does help! When we feel loved and cared for, we produce more serotonins, which in turn helps us combat depression and creates a feeling of wellbeing.
In fact, Dr. Spiegel says the failure to create and maintain quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking! So next time you are hanging with your girlfriends - chatting, listening, laughing or sharing a moment - give yourself a pat on the back for doing something good for your health!