The Science of Sisterhood
Queen Bey once said,” I love my husband, but it is nothing like a conversation with a woman that understands you”. Can I get an Amen?!
The bonds I have created with the women in my life have been some of my most impactful and powerful relationships. When I think about my best OR toughest moments, the conversations, laughs and support from my tribe has made all the difference. We cut up and we cry...together. They have my back and I have theirs. From my amazing mother, to my sisters, to my best friends.... the power of these special bonds can’t be understated.
As it turns out, the joy we feel when we interact with our sister circle is rooted in science. According to a UCLA study, when a woman takes part in the act of positively engaging and befriending another, oxytocin is released, which counters stress and produces a calming effect (no wonder my conversation with my sister last night helped me feel more relaxed). And, because our stress levels are so closely tied to our overall quality of life, the more oxytocin, the happier we feel on a daily basis.
Nurturing is such a large part of who we are as women and authentic connections are critical. It was even found that the more friends women have, the more likely they are to feel content in their lives. Conversely, results from a Harvard study revealed an absence of female friends can actually be harmful to your health. A woman is more likely to become depressed and lonely without female connections, which has a ripple effect on other areas effecting ones mind, body and spirit. WOW.
The connection between women is undeniable. We have our own love language, and we rely on each other in unique and special ways, helping one another to gain emotional and mental strength from each connection. So, make time for that cocktail happy hour with your girlfriend - science says so!