The Importance of Male Friendships

The presence or absence of intimate friendships in a man´s life can have major effects on his marriage, family life, career, and his own emotional welfare and happiness. Psychologist Niobe Way says that "when adolescent boys stop sharing their intimate feelings with their peers, we see an alarming increase in their rates of depression and suicide. Wives who cite their husband´s ´emotional unavailability´ as the primary cause of divorce initiate two out of every three divorces today."*

However, men who do enjoy close relationships enjoy greater quality of life, increased happiness and stronger family ties. They discover how to emotionally connect with themselves and the ones around them. This can help guys to become better fathers, better husbands, and better men. A wise man once said: “Show me your friends, and I´ll show you your future”. And if you think about it, it makes much sense. We all get affected by the people we surround ourselves with.

By allowing people to be close to us, we let them bring out new sides of us that we might never thought existed. Those sides can either be good or not so good, which is why we ought to choose our friends carefully. Some men might not see the purpose of having deep friendships in their lives. Friendships don´t really have a value to them. And if that is you, that's OK. But we would like to graciously ask you this question: Maybe the reason to why many men don't value deep friendships, is because few experience it?**

*Garfield, Robert. "Men In Transition." Breaking the Male Code: Unlocking the Power of Friendship: Overcoming Male Isolationfor a Longer, Happier Life. New York: Avery, an Imprint of Penguin Random House, 2016. N. pag. Print.**Lewis, C. S. "Friendship." The Four Loves. London: William Collins, 2012. N. pag. Print.

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The Importance of Male Friendships

The presence or absence of intimate friendships in a man´s life can have major effects on his marriage, family life, career, and his own emotional welfare and happiness. Psychologist Niobe Way says that "when adolescent boys stop sharing their intimate feelings with their peers, we see an alarming increase in their rates of depression and suicide. Wives who cite their husband´s ´emotional unavailability´ as the primary cause of divorce initiate two out of every three divorces today."  She goes on to say that the absence of close friendships also can have negative effects on a man´s physical health and lower his bodily resistance to illness.* However, men who do enjoy close relationships also enjoy greater quality of life, increased happiness and stronger family ties. They discover how to emotionally connect with themselves and the ones around them. This can help guys to become better fathers, better husbands, and better men. A wise man once said: “Show me your friends, and I´ll show you your future”. And if you think about it, it makes much sense. We all get affected by the people we surround ourselves with. By allowing people to be close to us, we let them bring out new sides of us that we might never thought existed. Those sides can either be good or not so good, which is why we ought to choose our friends carefully. Some men might not see the purpose of having deep friendships in their lives. Friendships don´t really have a value to them. And if that is you, that´s OK. But we would like to graciously ask you this question: Maybe the reason to why many men don´t value deep friendships, is because few experience it?**

*Garfield, Robert. "Men In Transition." Breaking the Male Code: Unlocking the Power of Friendship: Overcoming Male Isolation for a Longer, Happier Life. New York: Avery, an Imprint of Penguin Random House, 2016. N. pag. Print.**Lewis, C. S. "Friendship." The Four Loves. London: William Collins, 2012. N. pag. Print.

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