Tuesday, July 11, 2017
UCLA published a ground-breaking study on stress, by Dr. Laura Cousin Klein, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Bio Behavioral Health. Dr. Klein writes about “a classic ‘aha’ moment” shared by two women scientists. They were laughing together, observing that when female scientists were stressed they “came in, cleaned the lab, had coffee, and bonded. When the men were stressed, they holed up on their own.” Dr. Klein had an epiphany when she realized that 90% of the research done on stress had involved only males, resulting in the classic, accepted observation that all people respond to stress by “fight or flight.”
When women alone were studied, it was discovered that we have a third, unique reaction: we release a hormone (oxytocin) that causes us to gather together with other women and tend children. Further stress only increases the amount of oxytocin released into our systems. Estrogen increases its release; testosterone decreases it! (Sorry, guys.)
All this to confirm what we Red Hatters already knew: Friendship is one of the most valuable aspects of a woman’s life; it defuses stress, bolsters confidence, and infuses confidence and happiness. Friendship is what the Red Hat Society encourages and excels in. Let the stress decrease!
Sue Ellen Cooper, Founder and Exalted Queen Mother of The Red Hat Society
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Posted by The Red Hat Society at 3:31 PM