Female Friendships Are The Key to Happiness Among Women: Studies Suggest

Female Friendships Key Happiness

Just like having a stable relationship or marriage is important, having strong female friendships in your life can do wonders. The importance of female friendships in a woman’s life is underrated, and most don’t have an inkling as to how amazing it feels when you have a tribe of strong women as your friends.

“I love my husband, but it is nothing like a conversation with a woman that understands you. I grow so much from those conversations.” – Beyoncé

Men are from Mars and women are from Venus; meaning we as females are inherently different from men. We think differently, act differently, solve problems differently, and are more emotionally driven than logically driven.

Although men and women do complement each other, as women, we thrive on strong relationships with our girlfriends. Such friendships give women an outlet to share their problems, thoughts, feelings, and triumphs with those they feel a close bond with. I treasure my hour-long phone conversations with my best girlfriends, special trips to Los Angeles to visit one of my favorite girlfriends from college, hilarious text messages that should always be kept secret, celebratory nights out, happy hours on a Monday, and weekend trips with my girlfriends.

Most of my emotional and mental strength comes to form deep bonds with strong females in my life. Over time, we become our friends as we mirror their thoughts, beliefs, and actions. In fact, many say that we are the average of the five people we spend most of our time with. We should choose each other wisely and with intention.

The psychology behind strong female friendships is strong. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, women with early-stage breast cancer were four times more likely to die from cancer if they didn’t have very many friends. Those with a larger group of friends with early-stage breast cancer had a much better survival rate.

This beneficial effect of friendship was felt whether the friends lived near or far. An article published on the New York Times website states that women feel they can count on their friends to pull through for them no matter what they are struggling with in their lives. Women are each other’s emotional support system. From giving advice, being a shoulder to cry on, keeping secrets, lending a listening ear, and boosting self-esteem, to developing strong and healthy female friendships is something all women can benefit from.

Related: The 5 Friends Every Woman Needs In Her Life

Women by nature are intuitive; in fact, last week I received two calls from two very close friends. I could tell immediately by each of their voices that they both wanted to share something with me; however, I had a gut feeling one had bad news and the other had good news.

I was right; my instinct knew exactly what was going on.

Girlfriends have a distinctive way of reading emotions and intuitively recognizing what needs to be done then acting on it. We understand each other, we validate each other, we give marriage and breakup advice to each other, we share some of the deepest darkest secrets with each other, we share the honest truth with each other, we share intimate family details with each other, we share beauty products with each other, we tell each other when we have food in our teeth or when our shirt is on backward, and we share lasting memories with each other.

When women get together, we gush about our sex lives, our marriages, and details about our significant others and family drama; when guys get together, rarely is any of this discussed. Women rely on each other not only for a shoe-shopping partner but also to share those deep dark secrets; those secrets that not all men may want to hear. Although men are our counterparts, there is something beyond special about the female bond that women have with each other.

If you are a female, no matter your age, treasure your girlfriends for as long as possible, as they are the backbone of your support system.

“Some women pray for their daughters to marry good husbands. I pray that my girls will find girlfriends half as loyal and true as the Ya-Yas.” — Rebecca Wells

Written By Kristen Fuller
Originally Appeared in Psychology Today

The importance of female friendships is unparalleled, and if you have such friends in your life, you know the feeling. Having good female friends who are always there to have your back, no matter what, should be treasured at any cost. So if you have friends like this, count your stars because you are truly one of the lucky ones.

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Female Friendships Are The Key to Happiness Among Women: Studies Suggest

Kristen Fuller, M.D.

Kristen Fuller is a successful clinical writer in the mental health realm, a physician, and an author. Dr. Fuller enjoys writing about evidence-based topics in the cutting-edge world of mental health and addiction medicine and also contributes to medicine board education. Her passion lies in educating the public on the stigma associated with mental health and sharing the importance of finding your own happiness, regardless of your current situation or life path. Dr. Fuller spends her free time hiking, backpacking, skiing, camping, and paddle boarding with her dog in the Eastern Sierras, where she calls home.View Author posts