We are often told that sports are important and we have an innate feeling that this is true. When we play, we feel better, and when we watch, we enjoy ourselves. So it does seem to make sense. However, the question really is why? Why are sports so important? Read on to find out some of the reasons why we all need more sport in our lives.
When we have sports in our lives — whether we play, go to games or watch live sports — we will be able to make friends; we will be around people with the same likes and interests as us. This is crucial not just for children, but also for adults who often find it more difficult to make new friends.
Friends in our lives mean that we can enjoy more social events or have someone to talk to when we need advice. Or if we simply need a shoulder to cry on, we know there is always someone we can have fun with, whether that relates to a shared love of sports or not.
One of the many benefits of friendships that can help you in every stage of your life and in every situation is good self-esteem. Studies have shown that those with friends are happier, healthier, and may even live longer than those who have few people they can rely on.
Sports can teach us many life lessons as well. One of these is learning how to lose. Understanding that losses happen in life is important, no matter what you do for a living. If you’re a boss or an employee; if you own a business or work for someone else; if you are looking for work or have worked in the same place for a long time, knowing how to lose gracefully is crucial. You can have much better relationships and be more successful implementing this knowledge than if you win in some cases.
You can also learn how to help others. Some sports are solo pursuits, but many are team games and these are ideal lessons for showing people how to work together to be more successful.
A Mood Enhancer
Whether you are playing or watching sports, your mood will generally improve. Even if your team loses, you can still say that you enjoyed the game and the experience it offered you. And if you win, then that’s even better — a bonus to your good mood.
Doing something you enjoy will release ‘happy hormones’ into your body. Serotonin is one of these hormones and it fights against cortisol, which is the hormone that can make people stressed. Therefore, the more you do something you enjoy — such as sports in whatever capacity most appeals to you — the better your mood will be.