Your Personal Health Plan Relies on Your Social Network

Women traditionally turn to friends when they need help coping – both with daily hassles and with more serious hardships. Study after study has confirmed what most women already know – friendships are good for your health. The Nurses Health Study indicated that the greater the number of friends in your network, the more healthful and joyful a life you lead. The MacArthur Foundation found that social support helps women cope with difficult times. Shelley Taylor and her colleagues at UCLA determined that befriending other women helps women live longer and more satisfying lives.

When you’re setting up your personal health plan, be sure to set aside time to spend with your friends. Consider nurturing your friendships like a form of preventative medicine – and you don’t even need a prescription. Isn’t an afternoon with friends more fun than a trip to the doctors, easier to swallow than pills and not hurtful like a shot? So set a date and put it on your appointment calendar – you’ll feel better when you do.

To read more about the importance of friendships, click on the title of this post. You will be connected with our website, and an article in our Nourishing Relationships archive, Boomer Women and Friendship: The Gift You Give Yourself.

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