Coincidence or Meant to Be?
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Some call them “coincidental,” I call them “meant to be.” God places people, events, and relationships in our lives for different reasons at different times.
As I dug through to clean out my inbox this morning, I had this email from a friend who shared this Stanford study with me last week.
I finally had a chance to sit down and read it.
The fact that I read this email today is no coincidence. It is a definite “meant to be” as I have been wavering back and forth about driving to see my Ya-Ya’s this weekend (for several personal reasons).
I was on the fence about going to see these beautiful women who make me smile, who know me inside and out, love me through it all and support me, ALWAYS…
After speaking and texting with most of them this week and truly knowing in my heart that this weekend will be so good for me, I decided last night that I am going and couldn’t be more excited to see them.
No coincidence here. I was meant to read this email today.
Ladies, pay attention to your heart. Nourish your relationships. It feeds your soul and keeps you well.
“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 us to create more serotonin — a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create a general feeling of well being.
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!”
Cheers to good friendships, good health and great girlfriends. I am so incredibly blessed to be surrounded by amazing women in my circles who make me feel endlessly loved 🙂