One of the most important and yet least understood areas of psychology concerns is the role of friends in our lives. Though it might sound cliché, friends really do become closer than family at times.
In fact, this bond is so essential in women’s health that a study done by a group of researchers from the University of Oxford revealed that they should go out with their girlfriends more often. The investigation pointed out that women seeing their friends twice a week is the key to achieve happiness in all aspects of their lives.
Robin Dunbar, the researcher behind the study, noted in an interview that women’s overall health and wellbeing is improved when they get together with four best friends twice a week in meetings where they “do things.”
The list of “things” included: drinking, gossiping, and talking about their rivals (preferred topic). The study has also linked quality girl time with multiple health benefits, such as faster recovery time from illness, a stronger immune system, a decrease in anxiety levels, and increased generosity levels which make women feel better overall.
Of course, not every friendship is the same. While it would be pretty cool if every woman had a legitimate girl-gang to confide in, vacation with, and plan world domination among, everyone is different.
Not every woman needs or wants a “squad,” and that’s completely fine. The research suggests that just four friends are the optimum number for a get-together that’s most beneficial for your physical and mental health.
The study found that women interact best by talking about things that make them laugh. However, when the group is bigger than five people, funny situations that generate the necessary endorphins for happiness and wellbeing are less credible.
Alisa Ruby Bash, PsyD, LMFT. Studies at Stanford said:
“Research shows that women, [possibly] more than men, need to maintain those connections. It increases serotonin and oxytocin, the bonding hormone … We get busier, with more responsibilities. It makes us feel nurtured and validated to hang out with friends we can be totally ourselves [with], minus the outside pressures.”
Online Store Selling Ridiculous $650 ‘Thought Box’ To Help People Think
The product claims to promote “mental efficiency” by providing users with “personal space” to simply think.
A British online store just went viral recently after offering a strangely interesting product: a black cardboard box that apparently 'allows' people to think.
Aptly named the 'Thought Box', this limited edition item is being sold by The Form Emporium in their website with a price tag of around $650.
Yes, folks, you read that right. It's literally just a black box. Understandably, the product is so far receiving a lot of ridicule from netizens everywhere. ...
Parents Express Worry As Their Children Start Talking Like Peppa Pig
Kids are talking with a British accent – and snorting – exactly like the cartoon character.
Young children are great imitators. Ask any parent about this and they'll all likely agree! Most kids are keen observers and they pick up things quite quickly not only from their friends and family members but from the media that they watch.
This is exactly the reason why some mothers and fathers across the world are having mixed reactions as they have noticed that their children have started talking with a British accent like Peppa Pig - and some have even copied the popular cartoon character's trademark snort!
New Study Reveals Eating An Egg A Day Can Keep Heart Disease Away
Just like most health-conscious people, you’ve probably had an on-again, off-again relationship with eggs. One minute you're hearing people claiming their cholesterol causes heart disease and the next they say you better eat the whole egg or you’re missing out.
However, a new study seems to have finally settled the debate. According to a study in China, people who eat an egg just about every day may have a lower risk of heart attack and stroke than individuals who don't eat eggs at all.