We recently read a story in the “Southern Living” magazine about a scientific study which states that an occasional mini-break with your friends is very beneficial to your health.
The article states that is has been proven that friendship can extend life expectancy, lower the chances of heart disease, and even help us better tolerate pain. In the study, psychologists were able to predict the size of someone’s social network based on how much pain they were able to withstand. Friends also make us feel good. In 2016, researchers found evidence that hanging out with friends can increase production of Oxytocin, the hormone that our bodies make when we’re happy.
Another study from Harvard found people who don’t have strong friendships tend to be more depressed, have later-life cognitive decline, and were even more likely to die at a younger age.
A study of 309.000 people found that a lack of strong social ties increased the risk of premature death from all causes by 50%, which was about the same effect as smoking up to 15 cigarettes per day. A 2012 study found that the risk of dementia was increased depending on how lonely people felt.
SO….. having friendships and being around friends is scientifically good for your health. Keep a few really good friends around because it could make a world of difference for your health and well being. Invest in your friendships and take some time to do things. It’s contagious and you’ll want to do again and again. Just get some friends together over dinner, clear your schedule and start planning a trip or weekend get away … for your health!
After collecting cookbooks from many of the places we have visited we are going to venture into the world of vlogging a recipe from one of those books. Yes…..we are traveling into the kitchen. You will not want to miss this adventure!
For our first attempt we have decided to begin with a dish from the Pioneer Woman Cookbook, “Come and Get It!”
Join us as we make our grocery list, shop and create the recipes…..
Repost for our newest followers….Before we were Three Girls Travel we were three girls moms. Our journey began almost 20 years ago when our girls started dancing together. Over the years we have attended dance classes, rehearsals, recitals, and competitions together. In junior high and then high school we attended basketball games, football games, pep rallies and parades where we were only known as the moms of Maggie, Morgan, and Elizabeth. During this time we put many miles on cars and moms because our lives were consumed with being the “moms of Maggie, Morgan and Elizabeth.” Our lives were full and busy, but we loved every minute of it! Fast forward twenty years, now our daughters are all grown up, NOW IT’S OUR TURN!!! Come on back y’all and meet the rest of our family………
Three Girls Travel and Three Girls’ Daughters enjoyed the evening at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse for a wonder performance of Elf.
A selfie of six as we wait in line.
After finding our table we made our way to the buffet.
And dinner is served….
Elf would not have been the same without Michael Klucher aka “Buddy.” This was a sold out performance early in the season and after watching it we understand why. The laughs were many and the music put us all in the festive mood.
Morgan’s friend Will Stotts was also in the cast. It was good to catch up with Will.
More fun during the evening.
Another great evening at Murry’s comes to an end. We enjoyed having our girls with us.