Even though watching Netflix in your pyjamas definitely has its perks, you should try and ditch the TV at least twice per week to hang out with your friends.
According to research conducted by the University of Oxford, meeting up with friends is good for our overall health.
Come on, call your crew!
Why We Need to Spend Time with Our Friends?
The findings say that the number twice per week comes from the fact that this is the amount we usually spend with our closest friends and family, according to Dr. Robin Dunbar, professor of evolutionary psychology at Oxford University.
No matter the sex, a large and well-established social network has a positive and major influence on the emotional and physical health.
What’s more, those with larger social circle have a decreased risk of disease, can recover faster from surgery, and their risk of death is lower, as well as that of their children.
So, if you’re spending most of your time alone, these are awesome reasons to get up from the coach a couple of times per week. Make time for friends to become a more generous person too, as the study advises.
Why Are Friends so Important for Our Health?
The researchers speculate that the underlying reason is associated with the hormone oxytocin, the so-called love hormone which bonds mothers and newborn babies.
This hormone has long been studied for its role in childbirth, but it’s also secreted in women and men as a response to stress.
People with higher levels of it are more relaxed, calmer, and more social, claims UCLA principal investigator Shelley E. Taylor.
Could Talking with Our Friends Help too?
If you’re unable to meet up in person with your gals or boys, don’t worry-just give them a call- it will help you lower your stress. But, don’t underestimate the power of hanging out in person and bonding with your crew face-to-face.
Men can create strong bonds with friends by doing various activities, including team sports or a game of PlayStation or go out for a pint of bear.
Or, just hang out as in the good old days. We are never too busy to make time for the people we love and need in our lives, right?