A true friend is a treasure,
Whose worth one cannot measure.
She has a special place in our life,
A pillar of strength in our struggle and strife.
She is our sunshine, she is our rain.
Helps us to deal with trouble and pain.
She is our true soul-mate,
Right up to heaven’s gate!
Friendships are really important to women. Even though a husband, children and family are top priority in her life, yet her friends hold a special place in her heart. Friendships are one of the most important relationships in a woman’s life. For women, friendship is really a big deal!
Study after study has revealed the emotional and health benefits of women friendships. When we bond with our woman friends, a chemical called oxytocin is released in our system which helps in lowering blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol and decreasing our stress levels. This promotes our overall happiness thus keeping away depression and even dementia. This does not happen in the case of men because testosterone—which men produce in high levels when they’re under stress—seems to reduce the effects of oxytocin, whereas Oestrogen produced in women seems to enhance it. Befriending has a calming effect on women and some studies show that it also makes us live longer.
In one study, for example, researchers found that people who had no friends increased their risk of death over a 6-month period. In another study, those who had the most friends over a 9-year period cut their risk of death by more than 60%.
Friendships between women are special. They shape who we are and who we are yet to be. They soothe our tumultuous inner world and fill the emotional gaps in our lives. For women, friendship is supposed to be about having someone with whom you share similar interests, so you can do activities together that you both enjoy. It also means having someone who shares beliefs similar to your own, so that you can discuss issues or concerns and get answers that coincide with your value system. A friend is someone with whom you can share your joys, your sorrows and even your most intimate secrets. Friendship is about being fun and interesting, as well as kind and supportive, and loyal and constant. Women need a solid foundation, and it is their relationships with friends that provide that haven. A sense of community, a sense of belonging, a sense of being needed and wanted—a sense of being special, valued and indispensable and most importantly, a sense of emotional safety.
So girls go out there and have a blast with your friends as it is good for your overall well-being!
P.S. Your comments and personal experiences are welcome below.