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Men’s Well-Being



Our gender expression can be an important and valued part of our identity, touching on every aspect of our well-being, whether physical, emotional, spiritual, or even financial. But social pressure and cultural messaging focused on our gender—and how well we can live up to or “perform” to those expectations—can have a great impact on our feelings of self-worth and can make us struggle with self-acceptance. However, we can also gain great personal satisfaction in living up to those expectations. Our unique and shared experiences as men create a tapestry of community that we can rely on to help us grow more fully into ourselves. Every one of us has the right to live a vibrant life in our full identity, and our struggle for well-being can find support from those who understand and validate the complexities, nuance, pain, and joy of our community’s lived experiences.

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How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Build Good Men

Over the past two decades there has been an explosion of new studies that have expanded our knowledge of how boys think and feel. In How to Raise a Boy, psychologist Michael Reichert draws on his decades of research to challenge age-old conventions about how boys become men.

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It’s Not Only Women Who Want More Intimacy in Relationships

Contrary to prevailing gender tropes, many men crave deeper emotional connection, work hard for it and don’t always receive it in return.

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How to Raise Boys to Be Healthy Men (with Ted Bunch)

Author and activist Ted Bunch on healthy manhood and raising resilient boys. Mr. Bunch is co-founder of A Call to Men, an organization dedicated to preventing violence against women and promoting healthy manhood.

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The Spirit of a Man: A Vision of Transformation for Black Men and the Women Who Love Them

Recognizing the obstacles set before Black men in the past and the powerful forces still at work against them, Iyanla Vanzant seeks to help both men and women nurture the strength and power they possess—that of their history, their souls, and their relationships with each other.

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Mental Health Journal for Men: Creative Prompts, Practices, and Exercises to Bolster Wellness

Whether it’s to chill out with simple breathing exercises, inspire yourself by creating a movie poster about your life, or just explore emotions besides feeling “numb,” this mental health journal approaches creative journaling with an eye for the unique challenges that guys face.

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The Mask of Masculinity: How Men Can Embrace Vulnerability, Create Strong Relationships, and Live Their Fullest Lives

In The Mask of Masculinity, Howes exposes the ultimate emptiness of the Material Mask, the man who chases wealth above all things; the cowering vulnerability that hides behind the Joker and Stoic Masks of men who never show real emotion; and the destructiveness of the Invincible and Aggressive...

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Male Body Image: The Naked Truth

In this episode of The Naked Truth, five men – of all different shapes and sizes – talk about their own bodies and reveal what it’s like to feel the pressure to look the part in a six-pack-obsessed culture.

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Phallos

In this 141 page book, the author looks at the old patriarchal values regarding men and discusses how the essential characteristics of the masculine must be differentiated from the entrenched attitudes of the patriarchy. This book "is concerned with the archetypal basis of masculinity.

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Rodney Yee on Yoga as a Way of Life: Simple Strategies for Staying on Track

Renowned yogi and international teacher Rodney Yee, of New York City, has maintained an inspired yoga practice for 37 years while juggling career obligations, fame and family life.

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Boys Won’t Be Boys. Boys Will Be What We Teach Them to Be. | Ben Hurst | TEDxLondonWomen

Boys will be boys, right? Ben Hurst rejects this commonly-used phrase as a ‘get-out-of-jail free’ card for boys, men and toxic masculinities. Instead, he states, boys will be what we teach them to be.

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