How Your Girlfriends Are Making You Healthier

Just spending time with your BFFs counts as a healthy habit - how great is that? Here are some of the ways your besties boost your wellness:

  • They can soften the blow of rejection - You already know that dealing with the aftermath of a breakup is easier with your bestie and a bottle of wine and science agrees. Research shows that spending time with a friend can actually decrease the body’s production of the stress hormone cortisol in response to being rejected.
  • They can help you survive the tough times - Having your BFF there to hold your hand and give you a shoulder to cry on when you’re dealing with difficult things makes all the difference in the world. According to one study, having a friend by your side during crappy times can significantly buffer the negativity of the ordeal and increase your self worth.
  • They can extend your life - Research has shown that those who have strong social relationships are less likely to die prematurely, so stay tight with your squad. According to a 2010 review of studies, having good friends is twice as effective as exercise and quitting smoking when it comes to extending your life.
  • They can make you more productive at work - You might think it would be a distraction, but research shows that close work friendships increase job satisfaction by 50% and people who have a “work wife” are seven times more likely to fully engage in their work.
  • They can make you more fit - Several studies have found that working out with a buddy can encourage you to work harder and more often.
  • They can improve your mental health - Research has shown that those with higher-quality friendships at 15 years old have fewer symptoms of depression and a elevated sense of self worth by the time they turn 25.

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