You already knew you girlfriends were amazing women —but did you also know they're good for your health?

Our friends at Happify have put together the report and found, science says, friendship is *very* good for you! Quick, text your girlfriends!

Did you know:

  1. Having a good group of friends can help you live longer?
  2. People with friends have been shown to get sick less often?
  3. Growing your friends circle can boost your happiness almost as much as getting a 50% raise. Cha-ching
  4. Regular contact with 10 or more friends significantly increases happiness?
  5. Friends can actually increase our self-control? (We already knew they can help us to indulge!)

Take a look at the research and then call up your bestie. It's so good for you.

Having a newborn is challenging at the best of times, but during forced isolation and in a climate of fear and uncertainty, it can become overwhelming.

The coronavirus pandemic is setting up our communities for genuine mental health concerns. This may be especially true for new parents. When will 'normal' life return? How will I pay for diapers and baby food? Will my mom be able to help us now? What if my baby or my family get COVID-19? Unfortunately, no one knows the long-term impact or answers just yet.

Most families have built a network of social support by the time they have their first child—if they don't already have a support system, they develop one through various baby classes and groups set up for parents. The creation of the village can be instrumental to the mental health of new parents. Social distancing, the lockdown of cities, and isolation will inadvertently affect the type of support available.

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