Wednesday, April 20, 2011

does blogging count?

i usually don't forward chain emails, but i just HAD to share the one i just got from my girlfriend M.  not sure if this is really true, but sounds like right on the money to me!  i wonder if blogging counts as "girlfriend time"???!!!  i think it definitely should!  what's your take on this?

They Teach It at Stanford

In an evening class  at Stanford the last lecture was on the mind-body connection - the  relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (head  of  psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of the best  things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman  whereas for a  woman, one of the best things she could do for her  health was to nurture her relationships with her  girlfriends.  At first everyone laughed,  but he was serious.

Women  connect with each other differently and  provide support systems  that help each other to deal with stress and difficult  life  experiences. Physically this quality “girlfriend time" helps us to  create more serotonin - a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression  and can create a general feeling of well being.  Women share  feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities. They  rarely sit down with a buddy and talk about how they feel about certain  things or how their personal lives are going. Jobs? Yes. Sports? Yes.  Cars? Yes. Fishing, hunting, golf?
Yes.  But their feelings?  Rarely. 

Women do  it all of the time. We share from our souls with our sisters/mothers,  and evidently that is very good for our health.  He said that  spending time with a friend is just as important to our general health  as jogging or working out at a gym.
There's  a tendency to think that when we are "exercising" we  are doing  something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with friends,  we are wasting our time and should be more productively engaged—not  true. In fact, he 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 to schmooze with a  gal pal, just pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for  doing something good for your health! We are indeed very, very lucky.  Sooooo let's toast to our friendship with our girlfriends. Evidently  it's very good for our health.

any excuse not to exercise is good enough for me.  i'd rather be blogging than jogging!


  1. I do believe this to be true!! And I do think that blogging can be healthy because of this. The interpersonal connections are the blessing of blogging. That's why girls all go to the restroom together, right?

  2. i love my girlfriends. we can complain about whatever but also enjoy a day of shopping together!

  3. I am personally trying to figure out a way to blog and jog at the same time.

  4. Yes I just heard about this, think its so true that women find connecting really important. Blogging definitely counts!



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