Men, what if I told you I have a legitimate excuse to get you out with the boys at least twice a week? Does your wife, girlfriend, or significant other care about your health? I’d hope the answer is yes. If so, keep reading and pay close attention.
According to new research from well-known U.K. psychologist, Robin Dunbar, men need a minimum of two guys’ nights a week to maintain good health. Dunbar is the director of Oxford University’s social and evolutionary neuroscience research group, best known for his studies on friendship.
He proposes that men must physically meet with about four friends, twice a week, to really enjoy the benefits of male companionship. Those benefits include faster recovery times when faced with illnesses, higher levels of generosity, and overall better health.
Dunbar recommends that guys share a pint or two, play some sports, or just sit around, laugh, and enjoy each other’s company. “Bonds can be formed through a range of activities, from team sports to male banter – or simply having a pint with your pals on a Friday night,” he said in his official report.
The research also suggests that the groups remain small. If too many men gather, laughter is less likely, and the endorphins won’t release. So keep it tight. Only your closest bros.
Now, next time you need a night out with the boys, you’ve got some research to stand on. This might also be a good time to start thinking about your man cave . I mean, what better place to bond?