Stanford says: Schmoozing with the girls is as good for you as…quitting smoking?

Once again, Divine timing brings me the perfect
Health tip on how schmoozing with your girlfriends is REALLY GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH.
how it affects our neurotransmitters in our brain to increase
better moods, as much as QUITTING SMOKING.

Here it is- Enjoy!
 This came to me in an emails this morning….A thought to share…..

” I just finished taking 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, 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.”

So there you have it!
Additional Health Tip,
if you just signed up for my STOP SMOKING NATURALLY program,

 gather your smoking girlfriends together,
and plan a ladies night.
 I am having a Ladies Night gathering at
my house to-nite,
we’ve been gathering once a month for 14 years now!
It’s fun, try it,
and improve your mood and your health.

Your Natural Health Coach,


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  1. says

    Hi Annette,

    So, let me get this straight.The best thing I can do for my health is be married to a woman. The best thing women can do for their health is spend time with gal pals????? Are you sure this was written by a man? Just kidding, Annette. Actually, because of our different make ups,it’s true that gals open up to gals in a way that men do NOT open up to male pals……we talk sports, politics, the news,but I guess it’s not “manly” to talk openly about our feelings to other men.
    Well, at least the Stanford expert didn’t say the best thing a woman can do is spend time with men other than their husbands or significant others. So, I am OK with that.Knowing that my sweetie is out sharing girl talk with gal pals is good for my health ,too…..because she’s not out with another man telling him what a spherical s.o.b. I am. (You know what a spherical s.o.b. is ……no matter which way you look at him, he’s an s.o.b.)
    If “gal pal”ing (new word?)is as good for my lady as physical exercise is, then I am all for it.

    Thanks Coach Annette. Good positive “stuff” for us to read and know. Another good angle for my relationship work, as well.

    I appreciate your blog a lot. I feel healthier each time I read your latest.

    Cheers to you.

    Jerry, the Relationship guy.

  2. says

    Thanks for writing (sharing) about such a fabulous topic!! As I said in another blog comment, I think the “Venus-Mars thing” begins the moment the sperm hits the egg, LOL!! I love-love-love my S.O., and I am very blessed to have three other great guy-friends. Still it’s my “sisters” who have filled and warmed my heart the most over the years. I’m grateful my little women’s group continues to meet every other Monday evening. One of my favorites quotes is from the late George Burns, “God gave us friends to make up for famlies,” and in my life, that goes double! RRR

  3. Susan Spencer says

    Do we know who was the original author of the “I just finished taking an evening class at Stanford.” ??? Did I miss it? Thanks so much!

  4. says

    Great article Annette, I believe this to be true. I have three sisters and we have been always close, although I had more guys as friends. I always did want a brother. But with my sisters and girlfriends it was quite a different relationship. Thanks for the reminder.

    Catherine Trammell

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