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9 Perks of Loving Someone Who’s into Sports

9 Perks of Loving Someone Who’s into Sports

Sports fans are in the American majority, so it may be difficult to find a love interest who isn’t heavily invested in football, baseball, basketball or hockey. In fact, 59 percent of Americans identify as a sports fan, and 66 percent of them are men. Interestingly, studies show that higher income earners are also more likely to enjoy watching sports.

Regardless of the reason or their gender, this means that most of the people you date will want to at least occasionally watch or attend a sporting event. The good news is that sports fans actually have many positive character traits that can make them the ideal partner.

1. They’re Loyal

Sports fans tend to loyally follow the same team, year in and year out, regardless of how often they win. For example, the Detroit Lions have almost 1.9 million fans on Facebook, even though they have never made it to the Super Bowl and haven’t won any type of championship since 1957.

To further emphasize the point, the Lions even managed to lose every single game they played during the 2008 season, and yet their fans continue to show them loyalty.

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Psychologists believe that loyalty is one of the most important traits for a healthy, long-lasting relationship. It has also been stated that loyalty is one of the biggest factors for relationship and personal happiness.

2. They’re Sentimental

Sports fans often have at least one favorite memory from a game they watched. They also tend to get choked up during big moments in sports movies such as “Field of Dreams.” Even the bad moments are remembered and widely discussed for many years. This trait was referenced in an episode of “How I Met Your Mother” that depicted a bar full of Minnesota Vikings fans talking about the heartbreak of losing the 1999 NFC Championship game.

This sentimentality is an endearing trait that may spill over into other areas of their life. Additionally, it makes it really easy to choose a gift for them. After all, it’s common for sports enthusiasts to enjoy decorating with photos of their favorite sports moments.

3. They’re Passionate

If you’ve never been to a baseball game that had a tied score in the bottom of the ninth inning, you may not have ever experienced true passion. Sports lovers will stand on their feet, clap their hands and yell for all they’re worth in every type of weather condition, including rain and snowstorms that would send most people running for shelter.

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Every year there are even guys who remain shirtless in the freezing cold in an attempt to show how passionate and dedicated they are. Therefore, if you want to date someone who clearly understands passion, a sports fan may be your best bet.

4. They’re Forgiving

The only way to keep rooting for a team through thick and thin is to develop an extremely forgiving attitude. This may not always seem to be the case, but take a close look at what happens when a player signs with a new team. He or she may have been considered the enemy yesterday, but before the contract ink even dries, they will be forgiven for their past transgressions and welcomed warmly by fans.

Forgiveness is considered to be the secret of a happy marriage. When you combine forgiveness with loyalty, you’re much more likely to get through the tough times together. Studies have even discovered that forgiveness can help you live longer.

5. They’re Enthusiastic

Do you want to come home to someone who is excited to see you every day? Sports fans are able to sustain their enthusiasm on a specific topic, team or person for an extended period of time. Instead of things becoming mundane to them, they’re able to showcase their enthusiasm on a regular basis.

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This quality can help keep a relationship from becoming boring, and it also provides a nice self-esteem boost to the person on the receiving end of their enthusiastic behavior.

6. They Can Handle Disappointment

Sports fans are inevitably disappointed several times throughout each season. For example, a baseball team only needs to win half of its game in order to be considered successful. Sitting through a disappointing game is no fun, but sports fans are able to bounce back and regain their enthusiasm by the next day.

From a young age, we all have the opportunity to either learn from disappointment or to let it crush us. From a psychological standpoint, it’s much better to learn how to quickly move forward from disappointments. This quality also helps people forgive their partners more easily.

7. They’re Typically Happier than Non-Fans

Believe it or not, several studies have proven that sports fans are usually happier and live a longer life than people who don’t follow any teams. This is linked to a sense of community that is found with other fans and with the team itself.

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Happiness in other aspects of life is virtually certain to make it easier for these individuals to sustain a happy relationship, which makes them a great choice for dating and marriage.

8. They Have Higher Self-Esteem

Low self-esteem can put a serious strain on any relationship, especially if the individual in question constantly bashes themselves in front of their partner.

Sports fans, on the other hand, tend to have higher levels of self-esteem than people who have no interest in games that involve a ball or a puck. This positive benefit is another reason that people who follow at least one sport are usually happier than others. As a result, they will be more confident in their relationships.

9. They Understand the Need for Personal Hobbies

Sports fans may have a built-in community of people who love the same team, but they’re also well aware that some people have a lot of disdain for their viewing habits. Therefore, they’re able to see things from a different perspective when their partners are interested in a hobby that they don’t like. When you’re with a sports fan, you can expect your personal hobbies to be respected, as long as you don’t root for an opposing team.

Even if you have zero interest in watching sports, you now have a better understanding of the personality traits that are commonly exhibited by sports lovers. There has also been a lot of intriguing research about sports psychology and how applying it to your life can make you more successful.

Featured photo credit: Keith Allison via flic.kr

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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