The Health Benefits of a Guys Night Out

April 17, 2015

The Health Benefits of a Guys Night Out

First of all, ladies, if you are reading this, please keep in mind everything I am about to say is scientifically proven.  This is not just a line of BS that some guy made up to tell his wife why he “needs” to go hang out with his buddies and watch football. An actual study was done at Oxford University supporting everything I am about to say.

You wouldn’t argue with science, would you?  Of course not…

Think about it gentlemen, the pure joy and gratitude you feel after spending a few hours hanging out with your closest friends arguing over sports statistics, making fun of each other’s shortcomings and addressing each other with the well thought out terms of endearment that have all but replaced your legal names:




“Ten Second Tom”

Look at the smile on your face at this very moment after you read the above paragraph and remembered the good times you’ve had hanging out with the boys.  

Ahh.  Feels good doesn’t it?

Well, I have got one heck of a surprise for you brother, not only does spending time with your friends make you smile, it turns out it actually improves your physical and mental health.  That’s right, pay close attention because I am about to give you the ultimate “Hall Pass” that you can share with your wife in the event you need a little guy time.

Let’s face it guys, when it comes to improving your health, we can all do with every little bit of help we can get, so when someone as esteemed as Dr. Robin Dunbar, a reputable psychologist and director of Oxford University’s social and evolutionary neuroscience research group, suggests men require a minimum of two “guys’ nights” a week to maintain good health, who are we to argue?

The sad truth is, the majority of us men are only hanging out with our dearest friends at most once per week.  Adding in one extra day per week can make all the difference, especially if you are able to have varied interactions with your buddies, like playing a game of basketball, chatting (whining) about the challenges of raising your 2 year old or having a good laugh at the expense of Bob’s football team losing 62 to 14. Laughter is important because of its ability to produce the endorphin surges that give people a sense of well-being. 

Tell that to your buddy next time he gets bent out of shape because you made fun of the shirt his wife made him wear out. Geoffrey Greif, D.S.W., a professor at the University of Maryland and author of Buddy System: Understanding Male Friendships, says that, "Some men feel more comfortable with other men than with women.” Time with the guys can be less intense than being with your girlfriend or wife, who may make more emotional requests. And some men feel like they can "be themselves" around their male friends, says Grief.

*Just so nobody can say I wasn't transparent here, that study I referenced in the first paragraph, you know, the one that you DIDN’T click on the hyperlink to check out?  Yeah, that one.  Not that it makes the research any less credible, but it was commissioned by the international beer juggernaut Guinness.  Do you think it is a coincidence that Guinness makes the lowest calorie premium beer on the market and they are trying to find ways to improve men's health?  Not only do they care about your mental and physical health, they also want to keep you fitting into those size 34 jeans.  What a great company!

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