Home // Men’s Health Tips // Lower Stress // Why Having a Bromance Is Good For Your Health

Why Having a Bromance Is Good For Your Health

by | Jul 27, 2015 | Lower Stress | 2 comments

Reading Time: ( Word Count: )

Why is the term “bromance” so irresistible? The clever catchphrase, which describes a close friendship, has been celebrated in film (Wedding Crashers, The Hangover), TV (Entourage), literature (The Lord of the Rings), popular music (Bruce Springsteen’s “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”)…the list goes on.

Ok, so we have all poked fun at Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze in Point Break – but real-world friendships between men, have significant health benefits, too.

Friendships help you to live longer, even more so than having close relationships with adult children and other family members. This is the single most significant benefit of bromances, but there are others – and here are four biggies:

1. Reduces stress:

Relaxing, laughing and sharing our troubles with buddies are ideal ways to shrug off the stresses of everyday life.

This may be especially true for men, as evidenced by a 2013 British study that found that men should get together with other male friends at least two times a week to reap health benefits including faster recovery from illness!

2. Cheers us up:

It may seem obvious that hanging with buddies can improve our mood, but researchers at the University of Concordia in Montreal have found that the effect is physiological as well as psychological. Making new friends releases oxytocin into the body, the 2013 study found, which in turn combats A Guy’s Guide to Mental Health and feelings of rejection.

3. Staves off dementia:

Juggling a variety of relationships keeps our brains fit. A 2011 study by the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago found that especially social seniors had a 70 per cent reduction in the rate of cognitive decline, compared with their least-social counterparts!

4. Promotes fitness:

Sweaty shirtlessness is part of many a bromance, and for good reason: A University of Pennsylvania study found that enrolling at a gym and exercising with a friend produced more weight loss than going it alone.

Need more proof: A 2002 study of more than 28,000 men, for instance, found that guys who lacked strong social ties were nearly 20 per cent more likely to die within 10 years, regardless of their health or occupation.

Sources:

  • Source: Eng, P.M. et al. Social ties and change in social ties in relation to subsequent total and cause-specific mortality and coronary heart disease incidence in men. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2002. 155: 700-709.
  • http://news.nationalpost.com/health/men-need-to-meet-up-with-friends-for-a-brew-or-a-brawl-to-stay-healthy-u-k-study
Adam Bisby
Adam Bisby

Adam Bisby is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and father of two. He’s been covering men’s health for over 20 years. As well as researching and blogging for Don’t Change Much since 2015, Adam’s award-winning work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and National Post newspapers.

Do You Like This Blog?

As a national charity, we depend on your donations to provide our services to Canadians. Every contribution counts.

Don’t Change Much is a proven health resource inspiring men and their families to live healthier. With reliable information and easy health tips, we know every guy and their family can make small changes that will greatly impact their health.

Let’s Talk!

Did you enjoy this article? Let us know in the comments.

2 Comments

  1. Avatar

    That’s a great question, John. We agree! Talking comfortably with your buddies about this stuff will eventually become the norm for more guys and it starts with us. Thanks for the comment.
    Sam -Don’t Change Much

    Reply
  2. Avatar

    No rocket science here! But why are men so afraid of developing friendship with other men? Take out the posing factor and there’s no reason why men cannot befriend other men. I have one male friend and we support one another by sharing family matters, some health issues, encouraging and challenging one another.

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our comments are moderated and are made live after they’ve been reviewed. If you disagree with anything in the article or comments please do let us know, but be polite so we can have a constructive discussion where everyone has the opportunity to learn.

More From

Lower Stress

How a Shift in Perspective Changed My Life

How a Shift in Perspective Changed My Life

Living Better with a South Asian Twist Changing one simple word in one simple question made all the difference for me. I was always kind and generous. I was always there for my wife and kids. Yet my life had gone from full and happy to crappy and chaotic. My wife of...

Hosting a Free Online Holiday Party – The ‘How-to’ Guide

Hosting a Free Online Holiday Party – The ‘How-to’ Guide

This year it seems Santa has decided to punish us for global warming, leaving the toilet seat up, or some “who-knows-what” naughtiness. The big lump of coal in our stockings: Being unable to get together with friends and family during the holidays. Well, call us nasty...

Stress-Slaying Hacks for Last-Minute Gift Shopping

Stress-Slaying Hacks for Last-Minute Gift Shopping

It’s the most stress-ridden, holly jolly time of the year, especially if, like most guys, you still have plenty of last-minute shopping to do before the big holiday. While the average Canadian plans on spending $630 on gifts, it’s not about how much the gifts cost....

Pin It on Pinterest