A lot of psychological research aims to give support to something we may have already thought was true intuitively. This article falls into that category. Feeling that your life has purpose, meaning or is important in some way is associated with a longer life. I'm sure most of us can think of examples of people from our lives who because they kept active, were generous in some way to others, they lived a more vibrant and possibly longer life.
Male depression often looks different and at times it is more dangerous. Below is an good introductory article on male depression from the mayo clinic:
Dr. Gottfried is a licensed psychologist in private practice. He created this blog to disseminate psychological information (e.g., interesting research findings, tips for reducing stress and improving relationships, etc.). It will be updated on an irregular basis.