Best Medicine for Health: Girlfriends

February 10, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Blog, What's New

Friends working togetherDo something good for your health. Have some girlfriend time!

I know all too well the benefits of women gathering and the positive energy that flows from our girlfriends. So I thought I’d pass along an email I received about how girlfriends are good for your health.

“I just finished taking an evening class at Stanford. 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. They rarely sit down with a buddy and
talk about how they feel about certain things or how their personal lives
are going. Jobs? Yes. Sports? Yes. Cars? Yes. Fishing, hunting, golf?
Yes. But their feelings? Rarely.

Women do it all of the time. 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

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.”

Can We Be Happy At Any Age?

December 17, 2009 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk

42-16020607The answer, “Yes!” Let’s find out how…

Guest: Dr. Dale Atkins, co-author of Sanity Savers: Tips for Women to Live a Balanced Life and guest psychologist on NBC’s Today Show.
LISTEN on Bloom Talk Radio (pre-recorded)
Aired:  Dec 17, 2009

I can’t think of another person who I would want to be on our 1st show other than Dr. Dale Atkins, my co-author, friend and a wonderful woman. We’ll toss around the topic of women’s happiness, how we can be happy at any stage and at any age and take your calls. Get ready to Bloom!

screen-shot-2010-01-18-at-124143-pmDr. Dale Atkins, psychologist with more than 30 yrs of experience, is a relationship expert, focusing on families, wellness, aging gracefully, managing stress, and living a balanced, meaningful life. Author of 6 books, most recent among them Sanity Savers: Tips for Women To Live A Balanced Life, Dr. Dale lectures worldwide and regularly appears on NBC’s ”TODAY” show. She maintains a private practice in NYC, loves the outdoors, and has fun with her five grandchildren.