Girls, remember back in the day before you were washing the dishes with one hand and tucking your child into bed with another hand when you promised yourself that you’d hang out with your friends no matter what? Well today, that’s easier said than done. Excuses like, “I’m tired today, I have things to do, nothing bad will happen if we shift our meeting,” are usually our go-to responses. But if you put off hanging with friends, this can be very bad for you according to science.

Today, we explain why it’s crucial not to put your friends on the back burner. Learn more about how to find the perfect family to friends ratio in this article.

Think for a while and list the top 3 priorities in your life. Are your friends among them? If not, you’re throwing away tons of benefits that friendship holds for you. According to research from the University of Oxford, women’s well-being is better when they meet with four best friends twice a week and “do things” like gossip and talk about their rivals.

Besides that, the report claims that social interaction helps women recover from illnesses faster and makes them more generous. And we discovered even more pros.

Social ties help women manage stress. A study performed by the University of California suggests that women respond to stress with a “tend-and-befriend” pattern. This helps them reduce vulnerability and gain the support they need. Who do you usually call when you feel pressure at work or after a fight with your significant other?

Hanging out with friends positively impacts our health. “Together time” reduces our risk of disease, lowers blood pressure, heart rate, and cholesterol. It seems that friends can replace medicine in some cases.

Friends are the key to longevity. Studies show that people without friends increase their risk of death by over 6 months. And those who have the most friends over 9 years cut their risk of death by around 60%.

Friends help us live better. According to the famous Nurses’ Health Study, the number of friends women have impacts the development of physical impairment in later ages. And members of a “girls’ squad” are likely to lead a joyful life. The researchers also found that the absence of friends in a woman’s life is as harmful to her health as being overweight or smoking.

Of course, we have to remember that there is always an exception. Everyone is different and not every woman may want a band of girls around her.

By the way, the results of the study apply to men as well. The University of Oxford confirms that men also benefit from having at least two “guys’ nights” per week.

How often do you go out with your girls? Do you manage to follow this 5:2 ratio? If not, we’re curious to find out what excuses you usually use to skip these meetings.

Source: Brightside