I am taking part in the #51LittleThings challenge with AXA PPP healthcare to make small changes in my lifestyle one week at a time to become a healthier and happier person.
This week is one of my favorite subject… Spend time with a friend!
Now for me, I think of friendships as spending time together, supporting each other and maybe even driving in rockabye rocket PJ’s to fill the car up with petrol … ok maybe thats just me *cough* and so another story!
So what if any are the health benefits of friendship… why are they just so damn good for us?
Now one I already knew was the stress busting aspect of having that shoulder to cry on and very often your champion sidekick that will help you achieve your goals all uber important and needed. But did you know that some research via Sheldon Cohen, a Professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, showed that those who had little or no regular contact with people had four time the risk of developing a cold when exposed to a cold.
Follow that up with many scientific reports stating its good for our hearts and cardiovascular systems … it really does make sense to have friends! … although not sure Ollie (hubster) will be agreeing when I finally book the weekend away with my Bestie in November, since he will be left home alone in the full single parent duty for 2 whole days and one night while Stacey and I drink mulled wine, visit the York Christmas market and then eat fish and chips in Scarborough …. all in the name of remaining cold free you understand! …
……….although off loading and destressing will certainly help!
Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with AXA PPP healthcare’s #52LittleThings and I have been compensated for this post. However all words and thoughts were developed and written by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse