What’s the one thing that Michael Jordan, Sachin Tendulkar, Lionel Messi, and Michael Phelps have in common? Their unconditional love for sport. It has not only helped them earn accolades but also brought happiness to their lives. They might be professionals, but just about anyone can stand to gain just as much from sports. Any individual who is involved in a sport can stand to gain from it. In this feature, Soulveda throws light on the benefits a sport can offer an individual and explains how sports and physical activities can be a constant source of happiness.
Happiness and satisfaction
Studies have proven that men and women who engage in a team sport are happier and more satisfied with their lives than others. Playing sports allows people to interact and work together, while building mutual trust and interdependency that leads to boosted spirits, eventually leading to happiness.
Through competitions, people also realise the hidden potential that empowers them to hold themselves to a higher standard. In fact, researchers have revealed that sports increase self-esteem and decrease stress levels in teenagers and adults alike. Any physical activity stimulates secretion of neurotransmitters called endorphins, which triggers positive changes in mood and confidence.
Better grades at school
The University of Kansas conducted a research that revealed students who were involved in sports had higher grades and attendance ratio than students who didn’t participate in any physical activities. Student-athletes also displayed higher graduation rates than non-athlete students by 8.5 percent.