RadioMD: Body Language
RadioMD: Body Language

Friendship: Women You Want To Grow Old With

February 22, 20139 min
We challenge you to list the top three friends you'd call if your life suddenly fell apart. Many women may not have the friends they want, when they'll need them the most.Authors Diane Gage Lofgren and Margaret Bhola challenge women to list the top three friends they'd call if their lives suddenly fell apart, thereby pointing out that many women may not have the friends they want when they need them the most. Together they spent three years interviewing women about how they build and nurture their friendship circles, and exploring how and why friends contribute so richly to our lives. Their findings and stories will help women realize that friendships are as important to well-being as good health and sound finances - and should never be left to chance. In fact, according to studies: When women hang out with friends, their bodies release the hormone oxytocin, which combats stress and creates calm. Having friends reduces the risk of physical health issues and allows us to more easily recover after the death of a partner. And, women with friends are 26 percent less likely to develop dementia.

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