Why Play Video Games

According to the American Psychological Association (Feb 2014, Vol 45, No 2, Pg 10), playing video games can be good for you.

Video games help people:
• Improve cognitive skills, such as reasoning and memory
• Improve problem solving skills
• Improve their mood

Therefore, when I spend a day playing video games, I am not wasting time.  Actually, I am enhancing my cognitive abilities, improving my emotional well-being, and saving the world from killer zombies.

Sounds like a win-win to me!

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Happy – A Documentary

“The constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness.  You have to catch it yourself.”  Benjamin Franklin

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This documentary is available on Netflix.  It takes an in depth look at what makes people happy and how we can improve our own happiness.

Here are a few things from the documentary that I found to be interesting:

  • Dopamine is a chemical in the brain and it is a neurotransmitter that makes us feel happy.  Physical activity releases dopamine, so engaging in exercise is a natural mood booster.
  • Events have a limited impact on our happiness.  When something good happens, we may feel ecstatic.  However, those feelings will dissipate quickly.  When something bad happens, we may feel devastation, but those feelings will also dissipate.
  • A key ingredient to happiness is being able to recover from adversity quickly.
  • Once our basic needs are meet, an increase in income has a limited affect on our level of happiness.
  • You will always be able to find somebody that has more money than you or that has something you don’t have.  A constant desire for more will have a negative impact on our happiness.
  • The more people focus on money and image the less happy they feel.
  • The more people focus on relationships, personal development, and community service the happier they feel.
  • Changing your focus from what you don’t have to what you do have that you can share, will promote happiness.
  • The building blocks of happiness are play, new experiences, and relationships.

Take time to do something that makes you happy today.

 

Follow my Dog’s Lead

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My dogs stretch every morning.  I could learn something from them.  There are a lot of benefits to stretching.

Stretching can:

  • Increase Flexibility
  • Improve Circulation
  • Improve Coordination
  • Improve Sleep
  • Improve Energy Levels
  • Improve Mood
  • Relieve Aches and Pains
  • Relieve Stress

Tomorrow morning, when I wake up, I think I will follow my dog’s lead and stretch.

 

Video Games Are Good for You

According to the American Psychological Association (Feb 2014, Vol 45, No 2, Pg 10), playing video games can be good for you.

Video games can:

  • Improve cognitive skills, such as reasoning and memory
  • Improve problem solving skills
  • Improve your mood

When I spend a day playing video games, I am not wasting time.  Actually, I am enhancing my cognitive abilities, improving my emotional well-being, and saving the world from killer zombies.

Sounds like a win-win to me!