Traveling with your best friends is good for health according to scientists

We know that you do not need another excuse to take your girlfriends, pack a weekend bag of prosecco bottles and leave for a weekend, but here is one.

The outing of a maid is actually good for your health and we do not talk about that – that is science.

Living in the South reports that take time to spend with your best friends can improve mental and physical health.

This is because studies have shown that these friendships can even extend life expectancy, reduce the risk of heart disease and even help us to endure pain.

A study from 2016 showed that spending time with our partners could increase the production of oxytocin by our body, the feel-good hormone associated with social bonding.

Harvard researchers agree that strong relationships can have a huge impact on health.

"Social connections like these not only give us pleasure, they also influence our long-term health in ways that are just as powerful as adequate sleep, a good diet and not smoking," they said.

"Dozens of studies have shown that people with a satisfying relationship with family, friends and their community are happier, have fewer health problems and live longer."

On the other hand, the researchers suggested that those who had no close friendships were more susceptible to depression, later-life cognitive decline, and were also predisposed to a shorter life.

A study of 309,000 people found a lack of strong social ties increasing the risk of premature death from all causes by 50 percent – about the same as smoking up to 15 cigarettes per day.

A Dutch study in 2012 found strong links between dementia and people's sense of loneliness.

And then there is all the research that associates good health with laughter – an inevitable part of a good holiday with our partners.

And if you need more proof that friends are the answer, the psychologist William Chopik of Michigan State University, when we got older, our friendships were a stronger predictor of health and happiness than even our relationships with family, according to Living in the South.

"Keeping a few very good friends together can make a world of difference to our health and well-being," he said.

"So, it's smart to invest in the friendships that make you happiest."

If that is not a good reason to book that outing for girls now, we do not know what it is.

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