Life isn't a bowl of cherries; sometimes it's the pits.But remember, without the pits there would be no cherries.This is a course taught at Stanford University.In an evening class at Stanford University, the last lecture was on the mind-body connection- the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker said, among other things, that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman, whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends.At first everyone laughed, but he was serious. Women connect with each other differently and provide support systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life experiences. Physically this quality "girlfriend time" helps us to create more serotonin - a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create a general feeling of well-being.Women share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities. We share from our souls with our sisters and mothers, and evidently that is very GOOD for our health.He said that spending time with a friend is just asimportant to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym. There isa tendency to think that when we are "exercising" we are doing something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with friends, we are wasting our time and should be more productively engaged. Not true!In fact, failure to create and maintain quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking! So every time you hang out to schmooze with a gal pal, just pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good for your health. We are indeed very, very lucky.So, let's toast to our friendship with our girlfriends. Evidently it's very good for our health.Don't look back - you're not going that way.