Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The upside of stress


In any stressful situation—it does not have to be a sabertooth tiger bearing down on you—your brain quickly floods with stress hormones and decides whether to flee or fight.

But UCLA did a study several years ago and apparently in women, the choice is “tend or befriend.”

The brain chems in women cause them to turn to their friends and children.

Friends also help women live longer (Nurses Study—Harvard). The more friends, the less likely to get sick.

Not having a close friend can be as big a risk factor for ailments as smoking or the (ever-popular) being fat.

So, my friends, present and future—I toast you!

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