With all this talk about football and the upcoming Super Bowl, I got to wondering if there were any mental health benefits to watching this very aggressive sport. I mean all that yelling, tackling, kicking… not to mention the action on the field.

I started reading a UK article on football, then suddenly realized they were talking about soccer!

Once I found some articles about U.S. football, there were mixed reviews. Depending on how you look at it, watching football could be something that…

  • builds community – support the home team!
  • improves social skills –  gives people something to talk about 
  • releases that feel good brain chemical, dopamine – touchdown!
  • makes you smarter – learning stats and analyzing complex plays
  • is plain simple fun!

Or another way to look at it, football can…

  • create anger and aggression from fans if taken too seriously (including an increase in domestic violence)
  • negatively impact self-esteem if a fan’s personal identity is too wrapped up in the final outcome of the game
  • create stress for people who lose a lot of money from betting on the team that lost

I guess watching football is like a lot of other things. Depending on your perspective, it’s a positive or a negative. Personally, I’m just going to wait for the halftime show. Team Mary J!

Feature photo from Jeandaniel Francoeur at Pexel.

2 thoughts on “Is Football Good for Mental Health?

    1. Me too!! Puppy bowl during the game, Mary J during halftime. Although since I’m a Cali girl, it would be fun to see the Rams win. So I may watch the last quarter. 😉

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