Time away from your family along with your girl pals is joyful. Science now says that not only are these trips fun but it can also help you improve your mental health.
Has it been long since you hung out with your girls? Don't wait till your next birthday, pack your bags, call your girls and plan a trip to your favorite destination. You just got the right excuse to escape on a girl's trip. According to recent studies, taking a trip with your girl pals improves mental health and increases your happiness. While we all enjoy time with our families, recent studies say that spending time with your best buddies can extend life expectancy, lower chances of heart disease and help you tolerate pain.
Research published in a journal Behaviour states traveling with friends has "peaceful associations" and that these trips are capable of producing oxytocin in the body which is responsible for happiness. Oxytocin, also called the 'love hormone', is produced in positive social scenarios that result in making individuals happy, friendly, empathetic and trusting. Studies show that that the happy hormone is a great antidote for depression and anxiety issues. These hormones are also known to be produced in females during bonding experiences and play a great role in having intimate pleasure.
While it was proved that friendships help overcome mental health issues like depression, it was also found that good friendships are a reason for a longer life span. Studies conducted by folks at Harvard University found that people who lacked good friendships suffered from depression and were more likely to die at a younger age than people with strong friendships. Another study that looked into the lives of more than 308,000 people found that there was a significant relationship between life span and social bonds.
The study pointed out that a lack of social ties can lead to an increase in the risk of premature deaths by 50 percent. It proved that the lack of social skills was as dangerous as smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day. Social isolation among individuals was proved as reasons for early deaths in many studies. A 2012 research proved that people who lived a lonely life was more prone to dementia.
If you are still in doubt, more researches have been conducted that prove the same. Another study conducted at Michigan State University in 2017 also proved the importance of good friendships. In a study conducted by researcher William Chopik that involved 280,000 people, he found that friendships were important as we became older as they were predators of happiness and health than relationships with family members.
"Keeping a few really good friends around can make a world of difference for our health and well-being. So, it's smart to invest in the friendships that make you happiest," said William Chopik to Southern Living. The researcher also added that friendships are more important for your happiness than relationships within the family. Having great friendships and social bonds are definitely proved scientifically to help you in many ways. Though keeping friends may take some efforts, it is a great way to ensure a happy, depression-free life. However, it is important to maintain in-person relationships with people than just online interactions.