ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

4 Ways in Which Sports Makes You a Happier Person

Updated on July 28, 2020
Avyukth profile image

Avyukth is a national level basketball player who has been pursuing the sport for over 7 years. He is also a young spiritual seeker.

Introduction

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” This is a quote we all have heard as children. In the current scenario, it has gained a lot of importance. We have adopted highly stressful lifestyles. This has given us more money, improved our standard of living and made our lives more comfortable. But in the bargain we have been losing our physical health. More importantly, our mental health has also been affected. The increasing rate of mental illnesses and psychological disorders stands testimony to this fact. It is a well known fact that sports and physical exercise is important for physical well-being. But how much does it improve your mental health? Read on to find out!

" Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game. "

— Michael Jordan

Brain Chemistry

There are 4 chemicals produced by our body that are responsible for our happiness. These are:-

  1. Dopamine
  2. Serotonin
  3. Oxytocin
  4. Endorphins

Dopamine

Dopamine is responsible for motivation, reinforcement and reward based behavior. Ample amounts of dopamine in the body, helps individuals in working towards their goals in life. A lot of people feel lazy and don’t have the drive to do anything in life. They often claim that the fire within them has died.

Motivation

Dopamine can rekindle that fire. It gives people the motivation they require to work towards their goals. Thereby, it helps them regain their sense of purpose in life. Large amounts of dopamine are released by the body after a tiring game or a workout. This generates feelings of accomplishment, satisfaction and happiness. Higher levels of dopamine can lead to feelings of euphoria, bliss, and enhanced motivation and concentration.

Reward based behavior

A person who consumes drugs experiences the same effects. This is because substances hijack the brain's neuro-transmitters. Since it is responsible for reward based behavior , the brain remembers the place from where it gets the dopamine kick. This is what leads to drug addiction. So, if the brain regularly gets dopamine kicks through physical exercise, this will act as a motivation to pursue it further. Personally, I have been involved in sports for the past 7 years. And I can vouch for the fact that during stressful times, my body craves for an hour of physical activity.

Source

Serotonin

Serotonin is commonly referred to as the ‘Happy chemical’. It helps regulate mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory, sexual desire, and function. One of the main reasons for depression is the lack of Serotonin. Deficit amounts of serotonin in the body can also cause eating disorders, insomnia and social anxiety. Physical activities stimulate the production of serotonin. This is why you might have experienced an elevated mood after a brisk walk in the park.

Oxytocin

Oxytocin is a hormone that plays a major role in the reproductive process in both men and women. It is also responsible for love, building relationships and trust. It's sometimes known as the "cuddle hormone" or the "love hormone". This is because it is released when people bond socially.

Team games involve working together, trying new things, winning and losing together. This creates a very strong bond between teammates. This sense of camaraderie often leads to good friendships. Hence, sports helps you develop deep and meaningful relationships. Naturally, this makes you a happier person.

“ Sports are such a great teacher. I think of everything they’ve taught me: camaraderie, humility, how to resolve differences.”

— Kobe Bryant

Endorphins

Endorphins are released by your body as a response to pain and stress. These are also known as the ‘feel good chemicals’. Exercise is one of the most common ways to trigger the production of endorphins. Every athlete, at some point, would have experienced the ‘Runner’s high’. You don't feel physical pain or anxiety and you are in a blissful state. This feeling is caused thanks to the production of endorphins.

Source

Conclusion

The above mentioned chemicals can be released in your body through all forms of physical exercise. Personally, I would recommend pursuing a specific sport. When you choose a particular sport, you will have to develop certain skills. These skills are required to play the sport effectively. You’re always improving and learning something new. This takes away the boredom and keeps you sharp. Team sports will help you build meaningful relationships. Also, we as humans are social beings who love to do things in groups. So when you are a part of a team, you will be accountable to others. This acts as a motivating factor.

In conclusion, sports helps you stay mentally and physically fit. It triggers the production of all the chemicals in your body that are responsible for happiness. Therefore, each and every person must make sports a vital part of their life.

© 2020 Avyukth Krishna

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Avyukth profile imageAUTHOR

      Avyukth Krishna 

      9 months ago from Bangalore

      Hello Miebakagh,

      Thank you for reading the article !

    • Avyukth profile imageAUTHOR

      Avyukth Krishna 

      9 months ago from Bangalore

      Hello Poonam ma'am,

      Thank you for your response. Also I feel you should start trying out indoor and outdoor sports . It's never too late to start playing

    • Avyukth profile imageAUTHOR

      Avyukth Krishna 

      9 months ago from Bangalore

      Hello Vikram sir,

      I completely agree with you. Along with exercise, rest is also important. The best part is exercise enhances the quality of your sleep thereby giving your system its well deserved down time.

      Thank you for your response !

    • Poonam-Malik profile image

      POONAM MALIK 

      9 months ago from Faridabad

      To me it was a totally eye-opening presentation. A novel and impressive way to say sports are beneficial as it is fact based.

      Liked it very much, though I have never played in my life..

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      9 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, I regularly exercise and jog. This your article is a prescriptive medicine for all. Much thanks.

    • talesofvikram profile image

      Vikram Brahma 

      9 months ago from Assam, India

      Hi Krishna, yes you are right about sports. We need to do both physical and mental exercises. It is also important that we should give proper rest to our body and mind. Your information about the 4 chemicals produced by our body is really nice. Thank you for sharing these pieces of information.

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      9 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, I regularly exercise and jog. This your article is a prescriptive medicine for all. Much thanks.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)