Here's another reason to make time for your friends more often! Turns out, a bi-weekly chikahan session with your BFFs is reportedly good for your health.
According to a study from the University of Oxford featured on Southern Living, findings revealed that women who meet up with their friends at least twice a week can have significant improvements in their health—their immune system's stronger and they recover from illnesses a lot quicker. Additional perks include that the women feel less anxious overall, and interestingly, it makes them become more generous, too.
Dr. Robin Dunbar, professor of evolutionary psychology at the university, and the head of the research, explained to The Huffington Post: “The figure of twice a week comes from our findings that this is the amount of time that you typically spend with your closest friends/family.
“For both sexes (no surprise) having a large, well-integrated social network has a significant impact on both physical and emotional health. People with larger and/or more integrated networks suffer less illness, recover quicker from surgery, are less likely to die—and even their children are less likely to die.”
As the research further explained, women can gain these health benefits when they drink, chat, and most essentially, laugh together, whenever they meet up, boosting their endorphins (a.k.a. the “feel-good” chemicals your body produces when devouring a chocolate, making love, etc.).
But of course, it's easier said than done for most. The reality? Prioritizing meet-ups or nights out is never easy for any busy, 30s-something woman—let alone making time for it twice every week. In fact, findings also revealed that only two out of five women get to actually see their friends every week.
This only serves as a great reminder that while your family, significant other, or those never-ending to-do lists may be at the top of your priorities, never forget to keep in touch with the lifelong BFFs that keep you sane—until then, make the most of your chat groups and get those boosts digitally. Better than nothing, right?