New research has shown that spending quality time with your girlfriends can actually help you live a longer life, YES!
The study by Harvard researchers revealed there are huge benefits to putting aside some time for your best friends including the ability to tolerate pain, lowering heart disease risk and can even prevent dementia. But how?
We all know that when we are with our friends we relax, have a laugh and comfort each other which, according to science, makes our brain release ‘oxytocin’ otherwise known as the ‘cuddle hormone’. This is produced as a result of bonding with your pals and building strong relationships which has a powerful effect on mood, lowering depression and anxiety.
As great as this news is, when women get older friendships often become harder to keep as family commitments, work and hectic schedules take over. When we reach our 30s and beyond, we find ourselves neglecting the friendships we once prioritised in our 20s. Perhaps your interests have changed, people have moved cities and you only catch up once or twice a year if that.
A solution to this could be to arrange friendship dates with your close friends. Perhaps once a month pick a date that you all go out for dinner or a spa day? Or better yet – plan a girl’s trip!
This may be crucial in reaching those oxytocin levels and your ticket to a longer, healthier life. You’ll look back on the trip of your life and smile thinking about the amazing memories you made with your favourite girls.
Sometimes you just need to be surrounded by the type of love only your girls can give you. A girl’s trip is the ultimate opportunity to unwind and reconnect with the ladies who know you the best.
Whether you’re spending time discussing your relationship, money or just enjoying a cocktail or two, a girl’s trip allows for complete honesty and unwavering support from the people who love you the most. And keep in mind the potential Instagram pics!
It’s clear from the research that friendship is so important and can be a key factor in maintaining your happiness and health long term. And even though you will be in a group, a trip will allow each and every woman to participate in the self-discovery that comes with travelling to new places.
Now is as good a time as any to book a girl’s holiday you only have one life, take the leap and book a girl’s trip today.
We wanted to share our Bliss experience as far as it can go and so we created Bliss News. Even if you can’t go on a beautiful personalised Women’s Retreat right now, we hope you can take the time to add a bit more bliss to your life in whatever way you choose. Self love comes in all different shapes and sizes but the one thing it has in common is that it starts with you. We hope some of our ideas and laughs and wellness retreat additions are something you can incorporate into your everyday life... love Zoë xxx