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Riding with a Friend is Good for your Health!
Sometimes, it's tempting to relegate any forwarded email immediately to Trash.
But once in a while, I'll get a gem.
My apologies to the author - no name was posted.
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.
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
friends/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
So every time you hang out 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. So, let's toast to our friendship with
our girlfriends. Evidently it's very good for our health."
View Reader Comments:
This is a wonderful article. And, so very true! My boyfriend and I share a great relationship, however, I always tell him that I need "girl time" with my friends. I'm fortunate that my best-friend is also a cowgirl, so we get to ride together while we discuss all the emotional stuff, etc. Thanks for sharing this article with all of us! Happy Trails and Girlfriend time...
This is so true and I enjoyed reading it coming from others who feel the same way I do about friendships being good for the soul...if you got a good friend soup keep it alive and real
Great reminder Maddy! Having experienced this on many levels I couldn't agree more. Friendships, deep friendships that encompass our lives, friendships that only last for short periods ~ some that are a continuous thread from childhood long into elder years...so good for us! Thanks for an uplifting article.
Where does leave all the happily married male gay couples I wonder??
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