The Importance of Poker Night

New research shows that men who live socially isolated lives are more likely to die of accident, illness, or suicide, reports the Washington Post. Men who have strong social support networks especially outside his immediate family, on the other hand, are less likely to develop heart disease and suffer from depression or other mental health issues. Why is this? Well, there may be some social pressures to live a clean life, such as eating right, exercising, or not smoking. But also, having a buddy to share personal struggles with is just as important than taking care of one’s body physically. Unfortunately, women are far better at maintaining close personal relationships with their friends, especially after big life-changing events like marriage or the birth of a child.

So, ladies, let your man have poker night, the occasional weekend fishing trip, or that men-only bible study. It may literally save his life.

See also:
On Small Groups and the Evangelical Search for Authentic Community
We’re All in this Together

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