I have been talking and writing about the need for connection a lot lately.
And now a study conducted in Australia (as reported by the BBC – bizzare) has confirmed that
"Good friends promise to be there for you, and their presence can actually help you live longer, researchers say."
"It was found that close contact with children and relatives had little impact on survival rates over the 10 years.
However, those with the strongest network of friends and
acquaintances were statistically more likely to be alive at the end of
the study than those with the fewest."
They suggest that because we get to chose our friends, they have more influence on our longevity and quality of life. The study was performed over a decade on people over 70, and the effects their friends had on their life, but the findings really are relevant to us at any age.
The article talks about the influence of our friends on taking care of our health, and reducing depression and anxiety.
"Interestingly, we know that the quality of social life
for many women actually improves with age, so it goes to show that we
really do benefit from chatting and feeling valued among friends."
OK, so basically they have proved in a study what we all already knew in our hearts. That we really do benefit from chatting and feeling valued among friends. Women need to connect to other women.
So go ahead and connect today – it’s good for your health! Cherish your friendships… they are more valuable than you realise.
and, in the spirit of connection and gratitude, I’d like to say a big thank you and I love you to all my friends. I am continually amazed at the wonderful, intelligent, sexy and caring women I have the honour to call ‘friend’.
(Yup – thought you’d all like that ‘sexy’ thing…. that’s just to see if you are awake )