Saturday, 23 March 2013

Amazingly, it's good for you!

I received this email from a girlfriend, and thought I would pass it on to all my cyber-pals in Blog Land. 
In an evening class at Stanford University the last lecture was on the mind-body connection - the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (head of psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends.

At first everyone laughed, but he was serious. 

Women connect with each other differently and provide support systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life experiences.
Physically this quality "girlfriend time" helps to create more serotonin - a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create a general feeling of wellbeing. Women share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities. We share from our souls with our sisters/mothers, and evidently that is very GOOD for our health.

He said that spending time with a friend is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym. There's a tendency to think that when we are "exercising" we are doing something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with friends, we are wasting our time and should be more productively engaged? Not true. In fact, he said that failure to create and maintain quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking!

So every time you hang out to schmooze with a gal pal, just pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good for your health! We are indeed very, very lucky. Sooooo let's toast to our friendship with our girlfriends. Evidently it's very good for our health.
So, there it is.  All that giggling, coffee drinking, gossiping and having fun is good for my organs and tissues and all that.  Who woulda guessed?
And here I thought I was just shopping for wool with my knitting pals!!  Apparently I was exercising myself into health at the same time.  Well, that's efficient, isn't it?

Sunday, 17 March 2013

What's that Blinding Light?

Although I inadvertently seem to have been hibernating lately, I was woken with a start by a flash of blinding light!  Turned out it was the blaze from my birthday cake candles!!

Well, what a wonderful birthday I've had, along with my pals, Jean from and Judith of   We 3 all celebrate our birthday within hours of each other, and interestingly, we seem to be "soul sisters" as well.  Maybe there really is something in astrology after all.

My birthday this year has been similar to what it usually is: a week long affair with eating out, coffees, cake, presents, a delivery van full of cards, flowers and things that can only be described as "delightful surprises".  Many thanks to Gorgeous Husband for his ingenious ideas, and my many wonderful friends.  How blessed I am!!

A gaggle of birthday cards.

A while before my birthday, I bought this red coat, although Gorgeous Husband thought it looked like something a medieval peasant would wear.  In this instance, I had to over-rule his judgement and have it.  I Iike everything about it, except it is a bit short, coming to mid-thigh.  I'll have to overlook that.

Here I am at the back entrance to the church.

A close up of the embroidery on the coat.

It has fantastic pewter buttons as well, and amazing pin-tucks.
 Did I mention it was on sale?  70% off.

This is what greeted me on the morning of my birthday: a large brown paper bag that had in it: a bag of peanuts, a bottle of Pina Colada, a carton of my utimate favourite, small red peppers stuffed with cheese, and a jewellery box from one of my favourite stores containing silver heart earrings!  Everything I like!! My Gorgeous Husband certainly knows the way to my heart.

I'd sooner have these than chocolates any day!!

I hope everyone has such a marvellous bunch of friends and family.  Hugs and kisses to them all!