I just returned from a girls trip to Dublin, Ireland. There were 7 of us from the States gathering to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of a friend we all love dearly. Some may call it a bachelorette party.
While there we were joined by her 3 siblings + + and the positive energy was palpable. Girl power!
Sorry guys this one is mostly for the girls but read on for reasons to encourage the females in your life to pack their bags for some quality girl time. She will return a better friend, wife, sister, mother and partner.
I’ve seen this article posted multiple times on my social media feeds over the last few weeks. Mostly by women who I’ve actually been on a girls trip with. I guess all that time together was as energizing for them as it was for me!
There’s nothing like a good girlfriend. I’ve been blessed to have a wonderful crew of friends throughout my life and often leaned on them to fuel me. I consider my girlfriends family.
Thankfully my husband is very supportive of my girl-time and encourages me to steal moments with them whenever I can.
According to the article “…friendship can extend life expectancy, lower chances of heart disease, and even help us better tolerate pain… Psychologists were able to predict the size of someone’s social network based on how much pain they were able to withstand.”
Investing time with friends you truly value can not only improve your happiness but extend your life.
Why is that? For many reasons ranging from being around people who you can be yourself, vulnerable and silly with, to building self-confidence and feeling empowered as a result of spending time with people who build you up.
Whether it my annual Montauk girls weekend, or an excursion to a faraway place, just thinking of those times makes me smile and a better, stronger person.
On this particular trip I was with 4 people I knew very well and 2 I’d met many times but hadn’t spent quality time with. It didn’t matter – we all just jived. We laughed, danced, ate, drank, walked, walked some more, toured, drank some more, hiked, talked and shopped.
It was a whirlwind trip. Yes, when I got home, I had much sleep to catch up on, but I didn’t care because I was buzzing from being together.
Over a week later we are still “What’s Apping” each other and vow to travel again some time.
So, if you haven’t had a girls trip in a while, you now have an excuse to get on the horn and plan one. Guys, you go ahead and do so too.
It’ll help your psyche, your health and fuel you for weeks beyond.
Cheers ladies – you rock!
Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™
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