As if you needed more of a reason to organize a night out with your girls, here it is! Science says that hanging out with your girlfriends is actually great for your health.
An evolutionary psychology professor from Oxford University named Robin Dunbar is saying that it’s true. Socializing with your best friends at least twice a week is the best for your well-being. Going out for coffee, drinks, dinner, it’s all fair game.
He spoke with further details on his findings to the The Huffington Post:
“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.”
What’s even more interesting is that Dr. Dunbar added when talking with the Vancouver Sun that gossiping helps as well, as it allows you to know exactly who you can trust…or not.
“The most important thing that will prevent you dying is the size of the social network. That has a bigger effect than anything, except giving up cigarettes. The problem we have is how to maintain our social networks.
Language evolved to allow us to keep the oil of the social network flowing, keep us up to date, and tell stories, which is really important for community cohesion.
Gossiping is just chatting with people and keeping up to date with the social world in which you live. So gossip is what makes us human.”
Well, make sure you make a night out with your favorite ladies a priority!
Bre is a female millennial go getter residing in New York. One part entrepreneur, one part geek, she obtained her degree in Textile/Surface Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology.
She has held some exciting roles in both fashion as a designer working for brands like Victoria’s Secret and Henri Bendel, as well as in ad tech working for publishers like Ziff Davis.
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