Skirt: H&M, Jumper: Tally Weijl (for more photos, see here)
“Friends are like the pillars on your porch. Sometimes they hold you up, sometimes they lean on you and sometimes it is just enough to know they are there.” (unknown)
I am blessed with many female friends. Some I have known since my childhood years, some I have met during my study years and some have become my friends because their partners are my husband’s friends. I can even call many female family members real and close friends. I have also actively worked on making new friends in Switzerland, so yeah, over the years this has resulted in quite a number of female friends.
Why are female friendships so important to me? Why are female friendships so important to women in general?
The list of reasons why you should invest in female friendships is quite impressive. I mean, we all know from experience that you just talk and laugh about different topics among women than with men present. That can be reason enough to have female friends. The same goes for shopping, visiting certain exhibitions or enjoying a city trip. Some of these activities are just more fun when you share them with other women. And what about having a great evening out on the dance floor? Girls, here we go!
Apart from the fun factor of female friendships, there is the support factor. Those of you with children will recognise that it just feels great to ask advice or discuss child rearing with other mothers. A strong network of female friends can also be a big help when you are dealing with strong emotional issues, such as a divorce or the death of a loved one. I imagine all of you will have some experience in that area too.
A happy life
If you choose your friends wisely they will encourage a positive attitude and help you be more optimistic. After having done some research, I have found another good reason to nourish and cherish your female friendships. They are good for your health. I know quite some women who do sports together to keep each other company and to keep each other motivated. Apparently, female friendships can also help reduce stress and tension because the connection between women increases the release of oxytocin, the feel-good or cuddle hormone !
So ladies, embrace your female friends, enjoy their company, be there for them and thank them for being there for you. Keep your female friendships alive and kicking for as a long as you live!
A big hug and thank you to all my female friends for being just that: my friends. For being there for me when I want to share the fun and when I need the support!