Watching Sports Boosts Wellbeing

Watching sports, beyond mere entertainment, fosters community and belonging, benefiting both individual wellbeing and societal health. Recognizing a gap in research, a team led by Prof. Shintaro Sato conducted a comprehensive study, blending data analysis, self-reports, and neuroimaging to explore the connection between sports viewing and wellbeing. While initial findings confirmed the positive impact of sports consumption on reported wellbeing, deeper insights were sought through subsequent studies. These studies revealed that watching sports like baseball induce greater wellbeing effects compared to less popular ones. Additionally, neuroimaging showed activation in brain reward circuits during sports viewing, potentially leading to structural changes over time. The research also extends beyond traditional sports fan studies. Read it below to discover practical implications for public health policies and sports management practices.


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Taylor Marks
Taylor Marks is a certified holistic health coach and professionally trained chef from The Institute of Culinary Education. Her passions include the latest research in health science, culinary arts, holistic wellness, and guiding others towards feeling their best.