“Thank you for being a friend…”
We all remember these words from the ultra catchy Golden Girls Series theme song, and if you have a friend or have ever been one, you can relate to the lyrics. Friendship is a pre-historic concept; as a people we have always lived in groups, clans and, tribes and there’s no doubt that in the midst of these clusters were various forms of friendship. I remember having a best friend as early as the second grade. Though she was replaced soon after being relieved of her title, friends were always very special to me and essential to my growth as a person.
It turns out that Women thrive both emotionally and physically from close friendships with other women. These bonds are important for female well-being and livelihood. These are the primary situations that lend themselves to positive female bonding
· Family ties: Mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, and cousins can form tight female bonds. These are often the primary relationships in women’s lives
· Childhood/college friendships: These relationships can end up being some of the longest-lasting female bonds of a woman’s life.
· Mommy groups/ other mothers: Such friendships arise out of a common need— to support and be supported as a mother.
· Coworkers: Other female coworkers, depending on the type of industry, can be supportive of career goals and understanding of office tension.
· Women with common interests: Joining activities such as tai chi, yoga, a cooking class, a book discussion group, or a volunteer organization can promote friendships out of common goals and the nurturing of these goals.
Do you have more girlfriends as an adult or when you were a child?
Words By: Sid Powell