I know what you’re thinking: how can gambling be beneficial to anyone in any way? Do I not know what it does to people? How it destroys their lives? Yes, I know all of those and still, think that gambling can benefit you in many ways. The reason why I’m saying this is because there are way fewer people with gambling addiction than those, who gamble just for fun. In this article, I’m going to show you what distinct benefits gambling has.

It makes you happier and more engaged

Of course, this is the most obvious one. Whether you’re playing Texas Hold ‘em, blackjack, craps, or Red Tiger slots, chances are, you’re doing it for fun. But there’s actual research on this matter conducted by Dr. Mark R. Dixon, a professor of Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program at Southern Illinois University.

In this research, Dr. Dixon’s team had nursing home residents play blackjack or 5-card stud poker. Then using a 4-component analysis they discovered that the happiness level of those engaged in gambling rose significantly compared to the baseline. The baseline measurements included mundane activities like sitting alone or watching television, which had virtually no effect on participants’ happiness.

Not only that, gambling is a good way to relax and socialize. People sometimes enjoy spending a pre-determined amount of money to blow off steam in the casino. It acts as a nice escape from their everyday concerns.

As for socialization, some people like to place bets together and share their victory/loss with each other. There’s a big chance that playing together binds people beyond the actual game and creates trust between them.

It makes you think and strategize

Some people would think that gambling is just another way of having fun but there’s so much to it than that. When playing thought-provoking games like poker, or blackjack, you need to make sure that not only you know the rules (that are themselves quite sophisticated) in detail but also you can use those rules to devise a winning strategy. Poker, in this instance, is an ultimate high-IQ game because you’re competing against human opponents rather than the house.

Strategic planning and working through various situations extend the mere fun of the game. But there’s more: gambling promotes the use of math. From the demanding top-level games like poker to the simpler ones like craps or roulette, you need to have some sort of math knowledge to have a bigger chance of winning the game. The point is, gambling is a good way to subconsciously boost your mathematical skills.

Perhaps the most important aspect of gambling in this instance is money management. A lot of the time, when people spent excess money in casinos it is because they didn’t have a specific spending plan. That’s why it’s super important to have bankroll management and know just how much you are willing to lose because, let’s face it, your every encounter with a casino involves a high risk of loss.

The best way to figure out how much you can afford to spend is by comparing your monthly income to monthly expenses. This way you’ll have a basic idea of your available funds. This kind of attitude will not only help you have a good time in the casino but will also make your regular finances more refined.

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It’s also good for your health

It’s hard to imagine how throwing a ball on the roulette wheel or pulling the slots lever can help improve your health, but existing research reveals that gambling has a beneficial influence on your health.

According to the research conducted by the Yale psychiatry professors, there’s a positive correlation between recreational gambling and improved health. Researchers interviewed 2,417 adults about their health and gambling habits. The study measured health levels based on the levels of alcohol/drug use, depression, mental health treatment, incarceration, and bankruptcy.

The findings of this study remain hypothetical, but what it showed is that those participants who gambled had noticeably fewer health issues than those who didn’t. The researchers didn’t specify the mechanisms behind these results, but either way, it shows that sometimes gambling doesn’t produce anxiety and stress that’s usually associated with it.