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If you said no, you might want to rethink that answer.
I read in the January 2013 issue of Good Housekeeping that no matter what other stuff you've got going on in your life, you should never cut time with your pals. The more you hang out with friends, the easier it is to cope with stress. It's all well and good to chat online and connect via social network, but face time matters most.
And that was repeated in the August 2013 issue of Real Simple, under the heading "Don't Miss Book Club". According to the magazine, "a groundbreaking 1964 study conducted by physician Stewart W
olf found that close-knit Italian community living in Roseto, Pa., had low mortality rates despite the fact that the locals smoked, suffered from obesity, and worked long hours equal to those of people in other neighborhoods. The reason? 'Being among friends is relaxing, which lowers blood pressure and promotes healing,' says Christine Carter, Ph.D., a sociologist at the University of California at Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center."
But you don't have to be around your friends and family all day every day. Even just putting down regular standing dates for book club, movie nights, and weekend getaways can help add quality years onto your life. The magazine quotes a 2010 study that says that "the influence of insufficient social relationships on the risk of death is comparable with well-established risk factors, such as smoking and obesity."
Eek! So get on out there ladies and celebrate National Girlfriends Day with your friends!