As much as some of us love nothing more than snuggling up at home on the couch watching our favourite shows, or spending our time in the kitchen baking and cooking, science has proven that catching up with your girlfriends has huge benefits and you should make a real effort for doing it!
Research from the University of Oxford suggests that meeting up with friends twice a week is good for your health.
“The figure of twice a week comes from our findings that this is the amount of time that you typically spend with your closest friends/family,” Dr. Robin Dunbar, professor of evolutionary psychology at the University of Oxford, told The Huffington Post.
“For both sexes (no surprise) having a large, well-integrated social network has a significant impact on both physical and emotional health. People with larger and/or more integrated networks suffer less illness, recover quicker from surgery, are less likely to die — and even their children are less likely to die.”
Other reasons for catching up with girlfriends were proven in the study, with another big factor being that people who make time for friendship experience faster recovery times when faced with illnesses and higher levels of generosity.