Join #WHCBismarck in celebrating International Women’s Friendship Month by telling your friends how much they mean to you! Enter your best friendship photo and caption that answers the question, “How does friendship build your confidence?” into the @Confidence Coalition’s IWFM photo contest. You and a friend could win a girls’ getaway and have lunch with Leigh Anne Tuohy, whose family inspired the movie “The Blind Side.” http://bit.ly/iwfm13
More than ever we are poised to expose and promote the confidence in women and girls in our lives. So many websites, organizations, women’s advocates, companies and our best friends are battling the messages that propagate the negative self-talk, self-consciousness and poor self-esteem experienced by women of all ages.
We all know that friendship can make us happier, but we also know that friendship can make us healthier. Study after study shows that social ties reduce our risk of disease by lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and cholesterol. The effects of women bonding socially, releases a chemical that counters stress and has a calming effect. The Nurses’ Health Study from Harvard Medical School concludes that not having close friends or confidants is as detrimental to health as smoking or carrying extra weight.
Researcher and author Ruthellen Josselson, PhD wrote, “women are such a source of strength to each other. We nurture one another. And we need to have unpressured space in which we can do the special kind of talk that women do when they're with other women. It's a very healing experience.”
Celebrate International Women’s Friendship Month (IWFM) this September by telling your friends how much they mean to you!