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How Having Friends Can Positively Impact the Body

Life isn’t always easy. Even under the best of circumstances, trauma, loss, and unexpected curve balls can still take a major toll on our lives. Having the support of friends is one of the best ways to cope with life’s messes and improve your mental health greatly; but did you know it can also improve your physical health as well?


But why is a chiropractor writing about friends? Because at Golden Family Chiropractic, we believe in the power of community, supporting one another and creating bonds to help heal wounds and strengthen our lives.


Plus, when you’re physically well, it makes what we do on the table more effective! Here are X ways that having friends can make us happy-both in mind and body.


It reduces blood pressure

Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women? That’s a big reason to help keep your blood pressure low! When you spend time with your friends, whether your laughing or venting or just relaxing, the time spent with someone who loves you releases endorphins. It relieves your stress, and as the endorphins flow, your blood pressure lowers and your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to get it’s job done. When you're happy spending time with friends, you’re making your heart literally (and emotionally!) happy and lowering that pressure.


It reduces BMI

Let’s face it—when we have friends and feel happier, you feel more motivated to make plans with those friends and GET OFF THE COUCH! Running a 5K, walking around the park in the sunshine or hiking and biking on the trails is always more fun with friends. The more you exercise, the more likely you are to have a healthy weight (no, we don’t mean skinny—we mean HEALTHY!) and seeing those physical benefits can be celebrated with each other.


It motivates us to make better choices

Oh hey, endorphins! We see you! And it’s easy to see (and feel!) the results of increased endorphins when you spend regular time with friends. You feel better emotionally and want to keep those good feelings coming, and suddenly you feel motivated to make better choices for your life. Maybe it’s choosing healthier food options, maybe it’s choosing to give back by volunteering. Suddenly, you want to be the best you possible, and real friends will encourage the self improvement and be your biggest cheerleaders.


A big part of having friends is maintaining them, which means giving what we receive. Giving back to friends helps us feel a part of a community, gives us a sense of self worth and (bonus!) teaches our children about empathy and kindness. But making friends, especially as an adult, isn’t always easy. At GFC, we are actively building a community by holding regular events. If you’re looking to meet like-minded people and make some genuine connections, keep an eye on our Facebook page for our monthly events. Everyone is welcome at our table!

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