Friendship promotes health

There’s something to be said for the power of girlfriends and the bonds between women that only women understand.

Often, though, women struggle to balance work and play, and they push their friendships to the side. Experts say that’s a big mistake. Beyond the feel-good effects of spending time with the girls, statistics show the critical importance of having lasting friendships.

•A UCLA study found friends help women live longer. Scientists observed that the more close fri...

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