Having fun and enjoying life is part of human nature. We use this “down time” to decompress from the rigours of our daily lives and these activities can help us look and feel vital and youthful. One of the most popular ways to enjoy ourselves is by participating in games where we appear and participate with other contestants or teammates. Let us look at a few of the reasons why physical participation may be the preferred way to spend our free time.
Many of us find it difficult to perform certain tasks when we are alone. We may lack the energy or desire to adequately enjoy certain activities. An example of this can be a long-distance runner. It may be difficult to become motivated by the solitude that this sport often provides. Instead, we take part in competitions where there are a multitude of different participants. This allows us to become more motivated by seeing those around us displaying an active effort. The same can be said for virtually any team or group activity. Our teammates and even our competitors will push us to work harder in these games, and we will most likely perform better than if we were alone.
One of the best things about participating in games where we are physically around others is the fact that as humans, we are naturally gregarious. The need to be around others while participating in games is hard-wired into our systems. In fact, the social bonds encountered on the playing field or at the card table are some of the strongest bonds we can create and can often lead to rewarding friendships.
We are much more likely to improve our skills when we participate in games with other individuals. We will compare and contrast our strengths with those around us as well as assess any weaknesses we may have. By constantly “raising the bar” for ourselves we are also urging those around us to do the same, although we may not be aware of the impact we are having. Therefore, everyone improves in this environment.
These are but a few of the main benefits that physically interactive games can provide for participants of all skill levels. We can forget about the stresses in our daily lives, build lasting relationships and enjoy a level of motivation and improvement difficult to achieve if we were alone.