I want to get off for a couple long weekends with friends to blow off some stress. Can this really help reduce my stress?

Ashley, Taking time off with friends is the key to health, reducing stress and happiness. Research shows that being around friends is not only healthy but is a great stress reducer. Sharing your challenges and joys in life make you happier and healthier. Laughing and eating with friends helps your body create endorphins and oxytocin which are relaxing healing hormones.