You don’t need to be a scientist to know that jetting off to somewhere warm and glam with your best girls is going to make you feel pretty fantastic. But did you know that getting away with your girl mates is actually good for your overall physical and mental health?
Yep, you can officially go into work tomorrow and tell your boss that you’re swanning off to the south of France for two weeks and you’re bringing Mariah from Marketing and Daisy from Finance with you, because Science has said it’ll be good for all of you. If Science had made me more of these kind of promises at school, I might’ve actually paid attention.
Okay, so said trip might not be one hundred percent bliss on your health if it involves jagerbombs for dinner and wine from pint glasses for breakfast (I mean if they’re anything like my girl/gay trips), but according to Dr. William J. Chopik, just being around your friends on holiday does wonders for your overall health. So it balances it out, right?
The social-personality psychologist – who actually studies friendship – talked through his recent findings with Well+Good recently. He said:
“Friendships are really important for people’s happiness.
“In general, [they offer] improvements on metrics like depression and anxiety.
“These are relationships of choice. You choose to hang out together because you enjoy each other’s company.”
In his new research, published in the scientific journal Personal Relationships, Dr. Chopik outlines that although strong relationships with family and partners is good for our overall health and happiness, there’s nothing quite like a good friend. I feel like that’s a Disney song lyric…
In his research, he points to how friends getting away on holiday together – in an environment where they’re face-to-face and relaxed – is particularly therapeutic. He explains:
“You can sit down, look them in the eye, have a true back-and-forth and read each other’s body language.
“They can see you and your facial expressions. You’re emotionally responding to things and you can pick up on their emotions. You don’t always get that through a phone call.”
I’m sure you don’t need any more convincing to book that much-needed girls trip now, but just in case you need a little more encouragement, a 2019 study by Harvard University also backs Dr. Chopik’s research up. Researchers at Harvard University found that going on a break with your best gal pals is hugely positive on your health:
“Social connections like these not only give pleasure, they also influence our long-term health in ways every bit as powerful as adequate sleep, a good diet and not smoking.”
Harvard University said going on holiday is good for you, girls. Harvard University, Science and The Hook. Get booking.
Oh, and not Fyre Festival, yeah, girls?
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