While everyone likes to spend time with their friends, the new study suggests that going out and meeting your girlfriends twice a week improves women’s health. It makes them happier and more satisfied with their lives.
The study conducted by the University of Oxford explains the impacts of meeting friends and how it helps in improving their health. As per this study, women’s health is not just about a good diet, exercise and ideal standards of good health. She needs to go out, meet her girlfriends and spend time with them at least twice a week to be happier and healthier.
The lead study author, Robin Dunbar is a certified psychologist. Initially, he described that women need to go out and spend their time in something that they love. But a more detailed analysis of the data explained that these activities somehow relate to meeting their friends, gossiping, laughing, sharing stuff, sipping coffee or beer or maybe go shopping together. All such activities show their connection with their friends and it overall makes them feel happier about their lives.
These results were obtained by a social experiment (survey), conducted and commissioned by a company Guinness, Dunbar and British social commentator Danny Wallace.
A woman can get a better immune system, faster healing, lesser recovery time, high emotional control and reduces stress and anxiety in them. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Robin said that;
“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. For both sexes (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 suffer less illness, recover quicker from surgery, are less likely to die — and even their children are less likely to die.”
Usually, women don’t really go out and meet their friends that often. The research team lead by Robin collected data and correlated them for something conclusive. The reported that only 2 in 5 women meet their girlfriends and spend their time at least once a week. The rest don’t go out or meet their friends less often than this.
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The study also highlighted that this time with friends is enjoyed best when it includes humorous gossips, funny stories, hilarious jokes and anything that could make them laugh. But one important factor to consider here is the friends’ group size.
Although such an interaction could be possible in a group of 5 or more women. But if it is more than 5 women in this group, the gossips and talks might not be directed towards each other and are more “generalized”.
The said health benefits are only achieved when a woman experiences endorphins release that contributes to a “happier” and “satisfied” feeling. So this suggests these benefits could be achieved in a group of four women, ideally.
The researchers also suggest that these girlfriends could plan a vacation and enjoy each other’s company. The previous studies suggest that such interactive sessions are helpful to make a woman feel happier about her life. Being at home all the time could make a woman stressed. That is why taking out time for yourself and spending them with friends that could make you laugh is the best therapy for the physical as well as mental health of a woman. So, women’s health is collectively affected by diet, exercise and social interactions with friends.