Did you know that female friendships could help you live longer?
If not, consider these results of research conducted at Rush University Medical Center and published in Science Daily in 2011:
"Frequent social activity may help to prevent or delay cognitive decline in old age," possibly because "social activity challenges older adults to participate in complex interpersonal exchanges, which could promote or main efficient neural networks in a case of 'use it or lose it,'" says the report.
Rachel Bertsche, author of MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend (and former YourTango editor!), gathers this type of research in her blog. Her highly engrossing book chronicles 52 "girl dates" with 52 women, in the span of a year, in hopes of finding a female soulmate. As Bertsche notes more than once in the book, while she is in a fulfilling marriage, her friendships play a role that a romantic relationship could never take on.
We hope all this is making you want to pick up the phone and invite some of those girlfriends you haven't talked to in forever to go shopping or have a glass of wine. Yeeees ... go shopping. Your longterm health is as good an excuse as any to do that, right? Besides, as you may be aware, tomorrow, Sept. 6 is Fashion's Night Out, a night of awesome sales, free makeovers, gratis drinks and more. And the best part is, it's not just in NYC anymore — the phenomenon has spread nationwide.
Check out our editors' wish list of stores to hit up tomorrow — in NYC, L.A., Chicago and even some super-glamorous locales like Staten Island and New Jersey — and celebrate International Women's Friendship Month in style!
PHOTO GALLERY: FASHION'S NIGHT OUT!
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