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10 Reasons Why Adults Who Play Video Games Are Happier

10 Reasons Why Adults Who Play Video Games Are Happier

Recent studies have shown that adults who play video games have higher levels of happiness, and in some cases relaxation, as a result of their gaming.

In addition to the scientific backing behind video games and happiness, here are 10 reasons why it makes sense that adults who play video games are happier than adults who don’t.

1. They’re more connected to their inner child.

Few adults really get to do anything playful after work and family life set in, which makes it pretty understandable as to why so many American adults are depressed and bored with life.

Unlike adults who don’t play video games, however, gaming adults have a daily chance to engage in playful behavior, similarly to how many of us used to play when we were younger. This stronger connection to your inner child can help you be happier and enjoy life more fully.

2. They have an easy escape from the stress of life.

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    As we get older, we’re continually faced with more pressures in life. We now have student loans to pay back, jobs to succeed in and bills to pay for. I don’t know about you, I often feel like all of this adult stuff is kind of overrated.

    Playing video games is a great way to de-stress from the demands of everyday life and do something that you enjoy just for the sake of enjoying it.

    3. They are exposed to greater creativity and imagination.

    Anyone who has played any video game can attest to the fact that you’re exposed to greater creativity when gaming.

    Whether it’s a realistic video game like Call of Duty or a highly imaginative video game like World of Warcraft, using your imagination to put yourself in the mindset of your character and their world is a highly stimulating, creative exercise for your brain.

    4. They immediately have something to bond over with other people .

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      Have you ever been at a party and had nothing in common with the people around you? Well, that’s just one more negative thing solved by video gaming.

      More than 50% of the U.S. adult population plays video games, and 81% of adults between 18 and 29 are gamers. Statistically speaking, at least one of those gamers has to be at the same party as you. When you find him or her, you’ll immediately have something in common.

      5. They have a more balanced life perspective.

      Another reason adults who game are happier is because they have a more balanced perspective on life.

      Rather than being totally consumed by work and bills, they can devote part of their time to their grown-up duties and part of their time to gaming for fun!

      6. They have better hand-eye coordination.

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        It’s been scientifically proven that people who play video games have better spatial coordination and fine motor skills than those who don’t. Not only will this make you more coordinated in your everyday life, but it could also help you be a better driver, keep your eyesight from failing and make you more intelligent.

        7. They can include their spouse/friends in their “me” time.

        If your spouse or best friend is one of those “I need my me time by myself” kinds of people, then you might be familiar with the feeling of boredom or loneliness that can accompany being left behind.

        If, however, you spouse’s or friend’s “me” time takes place on an Xbox or PS4, then you can participate in their de-stressing time, too! (Or at the very least watch.) This can help strengthen your relationships while still allowing those close to you to engage in the activities they enjoy.

        8. They always have something to look forward to.

        Another way that gaming can make adults happier is by always giving them something to look forward to.

        Whether it’s wanting to make it to a new level in the latest Super Mario or anticipating the release of the next generation of consoles, gamers always have something to look forward to and rave about. This makes life more interesting and exciting, even if it’s in a small way.

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        9. They can turn exercise into a game.

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          Going to the gym is great, but it can get a little monotonous after a while. With the advent of so many movement-oriented gaming devices like the Wii and the Kinnect, gamers now have the option to stay fit and healthy while playing a mentally stimulating video game.

          And if you don’t think video games are enough to count as a workout, try playing Fruit Ninja without breaking a sweat.

          10. They can turn boring situations into fun ones.

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            Lastly, adults who play video games are happier because they view every waiting room and checkout line as a chance to level up.

            I never mind sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office as long as I have my DS with me, and I know plenty of adults who feel the same. Rather than being irritated and frustrated that your appointment is taking longer than expected, you can enjoy the extra playing time and move on with your day.

            Featured photo credit: JD Hancock via flickr.com

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            Last Updated on November 20, 2018

            10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

            10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

            A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

            Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

            1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

            Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

            If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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            2. You put the cart before the horse.

            “Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

            3. You don’t believe in yourself.

            A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

            4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

            The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

            5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

            If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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            6. You don’t enjoy the process.

            Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

            The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

            7. You’re trying too hard.

            Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

            8. You don’t track your progress.

            Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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            9. You have no social support.

            It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

            10. You know your what but not your why.

            The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

            Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

            Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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            Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

            Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

            Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

            • The more specific you can make your goal,
            • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
            • The more encouraged you’ll be,
            • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

            I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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