There is a ton of advice and warnings concerning gambling, both online and offline. The concern mainly revolves around people sharing their experiences when they were unable to stop and it damaged the relationships they had, and so on.
However, we have to ask ourselves whether there are any benefits to gambling that are not immediately apparent? In other words, can gambling be healthy?
Gambling deals with risk constantly. However, in order for it to have any health benefits, it is important to know how to control your impulse to bet on things, especially things that you are sure will work out without having a backup plan. This is how gambling can be worth your while – you will not earn any money, but you will know whether it is worth it to risk what you have to get what you want.
There’s no need to join an organization that deals with people who are unable to stop if you know when to walk away. This is a test of will. If you know when to stop, that experience will guide you in other aspects of your life when it’s difficult to let things go. Gambling can train you to handle empty promises and murky business ventures.
Moderation and Happiness
The thing to remember is that gambling is fun. You don’t do it to earn money, you do it to spice up the game and spend time with your friends. Gambling is social, it requires you to spend some time with your friends, play a few hands, and talk about a few things. It is a great way to loosen up by doing something that is a type of vice in a safe environment. As long as you do it in moderation, you are doing just fine. And, while we’re on the topic of the social aspect of gambling…
Some people find it hard to make friends. Social interactions they have are few and mentally draining. We are not talking about just introverts, but also real shut-ins. A casino requires that you dress up and talk to people. If you are not 100% comfortable with doing that at first, you can always play a few games while keeping the interactions at a minimum, or at a level that is comfortable for you.
In many retirement communities, you will find people that have simply given up. They watch TV, read the newspapers, and are semi-excited when the family comes to visit. As ridiculous as it may seem, there have been reports of senior citizens having better-than-average health when they gamble. While these reports are anecdotal at best, there might be some merit to them – after all, something exciting is happening.
Now, don’t set your grandma up with her own gambling budget and a deck just yet. As we’ve said before, the only way playing games for money is healthy is when it’s fun and done with moderation. Let’s remember that there is only so much excitement a heart can take.