STAYING IN THE CIRCLE: WHY FRIENDSHIP IS IMPORTANT FOR A WOMAN’S HEALTH
Close friends may be even more important than family in conferring longevity, and this seems to be truer when it comes to women. Since the very beginning of time itself, female friendship has been the rock of many women’s lives. Female friendship is so important because it provides the strength for many women to go on. Women have the power to become much more resilient in the face of challenges because female friendship is a great source of confidence, comfort, joy and reassurance.
Here are five very important reasons for women to stay in the circle of friendship and rely on each other:
Friends help you define your priorities. Because we tend to make friends with people who are similar to us, your female friends who share so many things in common with you will help you determine what your priorities should be for every phase of your life. They keep you grounded.
- Your close female friends support you through trying times. We all know that life is not always a bed of roses and that we will all go through challenging times. Great friends are there when you need a shoulder to cry on, when you need nothing more than a tissue, or when you need to vent.
- You’re likely to be less lonely when you have good female friends. This is true at all times, whether you are in a romantic relationship or not. Your friends will not allow you feel lonely. They are good for movies, to talk, to exercise with, to laugh together. Loneliness is painful, and no one should ever have to suffer it.
- Your real girlfriends give you a reality check. When the whole world refuses to tell you some brutal truth about yourself that is beneficial to you, your female friends will, just because they know you so well. They see what you cannot, feel what your emotions at that point blind you to, and share the reality with you. Simply put, they have perspective where you lack it and help you see reality.
True female friendship lasts a lifetime. Your real friends will remain long after the siblings have gone their separate ways, long after the children have flown the nest, and sometimes long after the romantic partner is gone.
It is said that women stand face to face in life while men stand shoulder to shoulder against the world. Women share secrets, confidences, hopes and fears while men operate by standards of loyalty and gestures of solidarity.
Women are more verbal, more likely to sit across from one another, thus developing a relationship like no other one.
Of course, friendship can sometimes be brittle and bitter, but the benefits of female friendship far outweigh the disadvantages.
So cherish your girlfriends and treat them as you would want to be treated by them.