Need a good excuse for a good, old-fashioned girls’ night? Look no further than your health! Having strong bonds with friends and family can not only make your happier, those relationships can also have a positive impact on your health and wellness.
Research shows that people with a solid network of friends live longer, have healthier brains, get less colds, and may even have better survival rates for heart conditions and cancers of the ovary or breast. One study found that over a 10-year period, elderly people with a circle of friends lived 20 percent longer on average.
So what’s a girl to do? We propose a girls’ night! If a wild night on the town isn’t your thing, however, don’t despair. There are infinite ideas for getting together with friends that include both going out and staying in; here are just a few of our favorites:
Get your Groupon. Looking for a novel experience to share with friends that won’t break the bank? Check out local offers on Groupon; from performances to cooking classes and beyond, there’s a deal for every budget and interest.
Get Busy With Pinterest. You know all those awesome, crafty projects you’ve pinned, but never made? Here’s your chance. Pick an activity, gather materials, and host a night of crafting for your girlfriends.
Get Active. Head to the bowling alley, try a yoga class, or take over the kids’ game console for a Just Dance marathon. The point is to get moving while having fun with friends.
Swap Meet. If you’re like us, you probably have at least a few items in your wardrobe that are fashionable, but that you just don’t wear. Host a swap night where friends can trade out little-worn items for fresh clothes and accessories.
Book Club. This one’s a classic, but one worth mentioning. With book club you get to drink wine, eat yummy nibbles, and gab with friends. You might even talk about the book if there’s time!
Fondue night. The host supplies the chocolate, and friends bring their favorite dippers. Easy and delicious!
Favorite things. Move over, Oprah! Have each of your guests bring one of their favorite things, wrapped, in a dollar amount range. Draw numbers and let guests pick a package to unwrap, in order. As recipients unwrap gifts, the purchaser can talk about why the item is a favorite. It’s a fun way to learn more about your friends, and take home something interesting in the process!
Attend a Charity Event. These events are a fun excuse to get dressed up, and you can pick a cause near to your heart.
In addition to eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep, add maintaining friendships to your list of health commitments. A girls’ night out (or in) is not only fun, it may be just what the doctor ordered!
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