- Friendship is good for the soul and study says it’s good for your physical and mental health, too
- Having a well-integrated social network has a significant impact on both physical and emotional health
Can you imagine life without friends? Those special people with whom we can share good and sometimes even the not-so- good moments we experience? How about having that best friend whom you spend unli time with just having ‘chika’ talk? Well, here’s another good thing about having “chikahan” sessions with your BFF.
You see, hanging out with your closest friends or BFFs is good for your physical and mental health and can even make you li
ve longer. And this is not just “chika”; it is actually backed by research.
A new study from the University of Oxford showed that meeting up with close friends twice a week can translate into significant improvements in your health. Wouldn’t you love that piece of great news?
The study further disclosed that it can strengthen your immune system and can result to quicker recovery from illness. It added that women who see their best friends twice a week would feel less anxious, and interestingly, would become more generous.
“The figure of twice a week comes from our findings that this is the amount of time that you typically spend with your closest friends/family,” Dr. Robin Dunbar, professor of evolutionary psychology at the University of Oxford, said.
“For both s
exes (no surprise) having a large, well-integrated social network has a significant impact on both physical and emotional health. People with larger and/or more integrated networks suff er less illn ess, recover quicker from surgery,” he added.
Southern Living also highlighted that another study showed that one of women’s mechanism for dealing with str
essful conditions in their li fe is by “seeking out social contact and support from others.”
It said that “when you’re stressed and anxious, hanging out with your female friends is natural and can help you calm down.”
However, with the hectic schedule at work or tending to other commitments in li
fe, making time to meet or hang out with a friend twice or even once a week is really a challenge. But it just reminds us that it’s good to reconnect with your BFFs sometimes. Well, I’m sure those with longtime best friends could attest to this feeling of greatness especially each bonding moment with those true blue buddies of ours.