Source: For Longevity, Men Need to Cultivate Deep Friendships | On Being

“Men, on average, die five years younger than women, and researchers believe that a big part of that gap is about social isolation. In other words, men are dying, to some extent, because they undervalue friendship.”

A lack of intimate friendships doesn’t just lead to loneliness; it can negatively impact your health, too. Courtney E. Martin looks at the practical effects of male isolation, and wishes for a world in which men can gather with joy.