Get ready to plan that future girls' trip now!
Sure, it's not too surprising that a holiday makes you feel good, but now hard research is here to back you up.
New findings have revealed that taking a girls' trip is one of the keys to keeping us happy and can have a positive impact on our overall health, too.
Harvard University conducted a recent study that found going away with friends gives you noticeable health benefits.
"Social connections like these not only give pleasure, they also influence our long-term health in ways every bit as powerful as adequate sleep, a good diet and not smoking," the study stated.
Psychologist Dr William Chopik, who studies friendship, told Well + Good that the real benefit of a girls' getaway is seeing your friends face-to-face - something we've all missed while we've been in lockdown.
"Friends serve as a source of support. You can share things with them that you may feel you can’t with partner or family member - particularly if you’re having trouble with said partner or family member," he adds.
“You can sit down, look them in the eye, have a true back-and-forth, and read each other’s body language. They can see you and your facial expressions."
So, if you're fed up with Zoom calls and texting, it's time to start planning a trip with your besties for when restrictions are finally lifted and we can start travelling.
One Italian island is so keen to attract visitors after the coronavirus pandemic is over, it's offering to pay you to travel there!
So, where will your next girls' trip be - all in the name of happiness and health, of course!
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