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Explore Life Coaching, Patti Phillips

Are you spending enough time with your gal pals?

I just read about a course that is taught at Stanford University that discusses the mind/body connection and its relationship to stress and disease. The head of psychiatry at Stanford shared that one of the best things that a man can do for his health is to be married to a woman. On the other hand, for a woman, one of the best things she can do for her health is to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends. Initially the students thought he was joking, but he was serious.

Women connect with each other in a unique way, providing the support needed to help deal with stress and difficult life experiences. Quality “girlfriend time” helps us to create more serotonin – a chemical produced by the brain that helps combat depression and can create a general feeling of well being. Women share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities.

As women, we are wired to share from our souls and evidently that is very good for our health. Research says that expressing feelings and thoughts with others is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym.

We tend to think that we’re only “exercising” when we’re doing something  physical with our bodies, and when we are hanging out with friends, we are wasting our time and should be more productively engaged. This isn’t true. In fact, this head of psychiatry 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 with a gal pal, give yourself credit for doing something good for your health! Let’s celebrate our friendship with our girlfriends  and make sure we keep taking the time to connect.

The opportunities that are offered by the Happy Monkey Club are truly good for your health. That’s why I’m so proud to have partnered Explore Life Coaching with this great network of positive women.

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