Let's Hear It for the Girlfriends
How Fem-ships Boost Happiness and Health
Our fabulous girlfriends, whether they’re new, old or our most trusted confidants, are invaluable to our well-being. Some women instinctively seek out other women to connect with when they’re stressed out. Besides just being fun and beneficial on a deep emotional level, female bonding gives women the kind of nurturing and support that encourages a healthier life and a better emotional well-being.
Friends with Function
You may find that you have different groups of friends that serve different purposes in the varying aspects of your life. Having a squad of women you admire and respect to get together with after work or for a Sunday evening movie can rescue you from the mundane. Your girlfriends can bring laughter and joy to your life while broadening your social circle. Not everyone in the group needs to be a close friend; the goal is for the group to have fun and simply enjoy each other’s company.
Our dearest female friends are the trusted few who know us well, listen to us when we’re upset, commiserate with us, and offer insight, as we do for them. Many married or partnered women often count on these friends to talk about the things they can’t discuss with their mate.
Studies show that having friends at work enhances happiness and productivity at work, much like your friends in grade school. They also help us network on the job and expand our circle of friends and contacts. Work friends often become life friends, but communication can sometimes drop off when we change jobs.
Keep In Touch
The true purpose of friends is to support each other as you grow and change. The time we spend with them is precious and provides a balance between work and family. When life gets busy, fem-ships are often neglected. Instead of disappearing from your friends’ lives, do little things to let them know they are on your mind. Meet up for coffee, give a quick call or send a text. A simple message saying, “I’m thinking of you. I should be out from under all of this extra work in the next two weeks!” shows a sincere effort on your part to connect with those who are important to you. When friends live far away, schedule a call at a time when you won’t be bothered so you can catch up with each other. Keeping your female connections close is one of the most important facets of a woman’s life.