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"Guy Time" Keeps Men Healthy and Happy

Update Date: Oct 21, 2013 04:14 PM EDT

Ladies, if you want your man to be healthy, encourage him to spend quality time with his buddies. A lead psychologist claims that men need "guy time" to be happy and healthy.

Professor Robin Dunbar of Oxford University claims that men can significantly improve their wellbeing and health by hanging out with their friends twice a week.

Dubar said while "talking with mates" is valuable, men need to meet up in person twice a week with friends and "do stuff" like play football or chat over a pint of beer to reap the real benefits of friendship, according to the Daily Mail.

Men who maintain social groups tend to be healthier, recover more quickly and more generous.

However, the latest findings reveal that two out of five men only get to meet up with their friends once a week and a third find it difficult to hang out frequently.

New research reveals that men spend one fifth of their day socially interacting with people from their network, which on average consists of around 150 "acquaintances", through phone conversations, text messages and social media. Research also reveals that men spend just less than half of their social time with an inner circle of four to five close friends.

Previous studies found that laughter is significantly less likely to occur if a social circle becomes bigger than five. Researchers explain that laughter is important because of its ability to produce the endorphin surges that give people a sense of wellbeing. Because five's a crowd when it comes to laughter, scientists hypothesize that men may subconsciously prefer hanging out in social circles that are five or less.

"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. However, the key to maintaining strong friendships is to meet up twice a week and do stuff with the four people closest to you," said Dunbar.

"When guys get together physically and more frequently with their mates, their friendships become stronger, better and a richer life results," said Stephen O'Kelly, a spokesperson from Guinness, who sponsored the study, according to the Daily Mail.

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