Networking Site Aims to Boost Women's Social Health

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Research has found that spending time with a friend is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out at the gym. A free networking site called SociableSisters.com hopes to foster more female connections through shared activities and interests, increase female support networks and improve women’s overall social health.

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'Social Health' refers to decades of research showing the importance of relationships for our psychological and physiological well being.

“I wanted to find a way to connect like-minded women without the barriers of judgement, finances or commitment,” said Olson, founder of SociableSisters.com. The new website offers connections for leisure, support or friendship.

Maggi knows about being the new girl on the block - she is a single parent, has had three marriages, moved eighteen times within four cities and had thirteen career changes.

“It was my nurturing, fun and supportive friendships along the way that allowed me to heal and get through those transitions. This site is a gift to any woman who may be experiencing change, isolation or transition.”

Research suggests that in order to thrive in a modern society, it is vital to have a variety of connections.

“We are gravitating to urban centres, living farther from family and have no time. All of a sudden one can look up and realize they are very much alone,” she said. “This site puts no pressure to form friendships beyond a leisurely activity, but offers every opportunity to build life-long supportive relationships.”

The term ‘Social Health’ refers to the decades of research which shows the importance of primary relationships in both psychological and physiological well being. Emotional connection gained through relationships has been documented to lower blood pressure, eliminate isolation, loneliness, and the resultant anxiety or depression - which can also lead to an unhealthy lifestyle.

“Social health is also connected to confidence, happiness and creativity,” said Olson. “Just imagine the opportunities that open up for a woman who can have greater access to these things – it could mean a better job, happier family life, more engagement with her community. The benefits are tenfold.”

SociableSisters.com is running their #MySociableCity promotion until December 31 in order to build memberships and gain insight into the social needs of females in Canada. “We are interested to see the response and learn more about the needs these women have,” said Olson. “The larger the membership, the more choices available for connecting and the more successful the site will be. And it’s free!”

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Founded in 2013, SociableSisters.com offers women a convenient way to connect on a local level with like-minded females. It is an economically-viable and time-available alternative for women to socialize, form friendships and find supportive networks.

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