‘For both sexes (no surprise), having a large, well-integrated social network has a significant impact on both physical and emotional health.’
UCLA researchers says science has proven that women respond to stress better when they have friends which is due to oxytocin- also known as the ‘love hormone’ - which is produced when we spend time with people we love. Awwwwww!
Says Dr Dunbar: ‘Bonds can be formed through a range of activities from team sports to male banter—or simply having a pint with your pals on a Friday night.
‘However, the key to maintaining strong friendships is to meet up twice a week and do stuff with the four people closest to you.’
Time to organise wine night with the besties, right?!