Sometimes a video is so profound that it tells us what we already know.
Watching this video, I was reminded by Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda’s wise and loving words about something I already know and experience often: being with women friends brings meaning and love to my life.
We feel stronger when we spend time with our female tribe. We feel more creative and more able to take on the challenges in our lives when we spend time sharing and growing with our friends.
And what is so amazing about this video is that Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin put all these emotional feelings we all have about our female friendships into a political and health perspective while still making us laugh and smile.
They offer a lovely glimpse into what is obviously a very strong and rich friendship they have with each other.
In this clip, Lily Tomlin passionately tells us that a study done by Harvard Medical school shows that women who have close female friendships are less likely to develop physical impairments as they age. They also live more vibrant, joyful lives.
Jane Fonda interrupts that women with close female friends live longer, too.
But Lily Tomlin says she will trade more joy for years lived longer.
These wise women encourage us with passion and humor to harness our sisterhood and the strength it brings us so we can to help make the changes the planet so desperately needs.
For me, the most exciting part of this video is when Jane Fonda tells us that, “The oxytocin friendships feel spiritual, because they are heart opening.” For me this sums up what it feels like to connect with friends both male and female.
Being with our friends opens up our own hearts to the compassion we didn’t always know we had inside us.
Looking to change the world? Watch this video to see how engaging with your friends is the first step.
Author: Ruth Lera
Editor: Renée Picard
Image: screenshot from video