Want to be healthy and live longer ladies?
Gossiping may be just what the doctor ordered because it increases progesterone, a hormone that reduces anxiety and stress and makes women happier, according to an article in the London Daily Mail.
The research, at the University of Michigan, paired up 160 female students.
Half were instructed to ask each other questions meant to bring them closer together, while the rest worked in pairs on a joint activity that consisted of proofreading a botany paper. “Half the girls exchanged intimate details of their lives,” explains Stephanie Brown, psychologist and a professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan, who led the research. “We wanted to see whether becoming close with another person would release the hormone progesterone, which we know is related to long term physical health and has anti-stress effects.”