Why Are TV Sports Important?

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It’s fascinating to find out what locations were used to film TV shows and movies, but if you think about it, your TV is used for a lot more than this – you probably watch a lot of sports on it too. If that’s the case, why is it so important to you? Why do you love watching sports of all kinds quite so much? You may never have thought of it before, but there are actually a number of factors at play that are going to have a bearing on how much sports you watch and the ways in which you enjoy it. Read on to find out more.

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Whatever kind of sports you might be into, whether you watch them live on TV, watch the highlights, you will be able to make friends. There will be someone you know, a colleague, a family member, or someone who is already a friend who will be happy to experience your sports with you. Having a shared interest is the best way to make or strengthen a relationship, and having sports in common is ideal, as you can both be as passionate as one another. This is great for adults as they tend to find it harder to make friends than children do.

Having friends comes with all kinds of benefits. You will go out more, you will always have someone to talk to so loneliness won’t be an issue, and you can ask advice of someone you trust when you need it. Studies suggest that people with friends are not only happier and healthier, but that they live longer, too.

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Michael Jordan in a dunk contest from The Last Dance - Image courtesy of Netflix

Life Lessons
When you watch sports you are watching a microcosm of life, and you can learn plenty of useful lessons from whichever sport you enjoy watching the most. Whatever you do for a living, whether you are a leader or a follower, an employer or an employee, sports will show you how teams are meant to work. Sports are also a wonderful lesson in how to help other people. You will see exactly how a team comes together and you can implement this lesson throughout your life.

In life you won’t always win at everything you do. Understanding how to deal with loss is an important life lesson that will help you greatly. Losing well will give you a better perspective and greater relationships, for example.

A Mood Enhancer
Simply put, when you are enjoying your favourite sport or sports team on TV, your mood will be greatly improved. Even if your team loses, the enjoyment of the game will often override the disappointment of the loss.

There is a medical reason for the fact that you will feel so much better when you watch the sports that you love; your body will produce more serotonin when you are doing something you enjoy and that makes you feel good. This is known as the “happy hormone” since it reduces the amount of cortisol (the stress hormone) in your body, and literally boosts your mood. This happy feeling can last for many hours after the last whistle blows, which makes it even better.


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