Funny. I received an email telling me the benefits of female friendship recently. Me! The cheerleader for girlfriends, the founder of Girlfriendology.
I love that the benefits of girlfriends is a trending topic. In fact, the email presented quite a few excerpt from research and reports including this from “Relationships Improve Your Odds of Survival by 50 Percent, Research Finds” Science Daily, 7/28/2010
“Social connections – friends, family, neighbors or colleagues – improve our odds of survival by 50 percent. Here is how low social interaction compares to more well-known risk factors: Equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day, equivalent to being an alcoholic, more harmful than not exercising, twice as harmful as obesity.”
Girlfriendology began five years ago when two of my girlfriends were dealing with cancer. I felt a strong need to connect with my friends, and to spend time with them and other women (and hopefully learn how to be a better friend to them). I did some research to explore why I felt this need to be with my friends so strongly.
Like the recent research stated above, I found out that our need to be with our girlfriends isn’t just because it’s fun. (Even though it is!) We NEED girlfriends. We need female friendship, need that social interaction, need to learn from and support each other.
So girlfriends, we want you to be healthier and live longer. We want your lives to be happy and fulfilled. We want to inspire you to call up a friend and catch up on each other’s lives, to make plans to have coffee or dinner together, to make a date to connect, chat, exercise, whatever … just spend time together.
Show your friends how much their friendship means to me. Make them feel as special as their friendship is to you.
Who knew that having friends was so fun and good for you?! Be up up on the latest trend – be a better friend!
p.s. Actually we talk about the benefits of female friendship in our eBook GIRLFRIENDOLOGY 101. Girlfriendology Guides are eBooks and Webinars sharing women’s wisdom – books by women, books for women. Kinda like ‘girlfriend advice’ that we can share with so many girlfriends. (: If you’d like to be a Girlfriendology Guides AUTHOR or AFFILIATE, we’d love to work with you!
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