Girlfriends are vital to our Natural Health
We dish the dirt and we dish up dinner. We go dancing and we swap clothes (see N is for Naked Lady Parties). We try on wigs and we go on trips. We laugh, we cry, we give our love and we hold out hope. We are girlfriends.
Research is now showing that it’s not just fun and games when it comes to having girlfriends – it’s actually a matter of life and death. One research study found that people who had no friends had an increased risk of death over a 6-month period. Another one of these studies found that among those who had the most friends over a 9-year period, they had cut their risk of death by more than 60%.
There are many other reasons why great girlfriends are groovy! Girlfriends provide stress relief. They are there for you to deflate the stress balloon that you’ve been carrying around since your boss yelled at you or your dog ate your homework.
It’s really more fun to do something with another person (bad news for us single folk). It amplifies that amount of fun you can have when there’s someone there to share it with (as if we didn’t know that?????).
Having a girlfriend can give your confidence and self-esteem a great big boost! And girlfriends teach you important lessons about love – the unconditional kind – and about sharing and caring and trusting.
And here’s a little song that says it all – thanks Divine Miss M –
Divine – delightful, delicious, deliriously talented Bette Midler!
I once worked at a spa in Beverly Hills where everyone who was anyone came to be pampered. Gwyneth Paltrow and Natalie Portman and Patricia Heaton and Dustin Hoffman – you name it they came! But no one stopped traffic and work like the time Bette Midler walked in – in a white tee shirt and jeans and her hair pulled back in a ponytail – no matter – she was divine!
From the early 70s at the Continental Baths in New York City to the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas stage, Bette Midler has been the ultimate star, the supreme Diva. Whether on the stage singing, or in the movies acting, Bette Midler has been an icon of America.
As if being one of the greatest stars we have ever seen wasn’t enough, in 1995 Midler wanted to give back to the city that found her and she founded the New York Restoration Project, a non-profit organization devoted to revitalizing neglected neighborhood parks in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods of New York City. She and her group were responsible for halting the overgrowth of commercial development in NYC and took over control of 60 of the most neglected plots in rundown neighborhoods of NY. Today, Midler and her organization work with local volunteers and community groups to ensure that these gardens are kept safe, clean and vibrant and available to everyone.
Divine Miss M – delightful!