It’s been a tough week at work. The boss has been grouchy, clients have been unreasonably demanding and your co-workers have been unsympathetic. It’s no better at home. Junior has the flu, the wife’s suffering from a migraine and the dog has to visit the vet again. Then you walk out the house, leave the cell phone by your bed and hit the golf course. You breathe in the fresh air and soak up the sunshine. Your body immediately begins to produce endorphins, the feel-good hormones that boost your mood naturally in a way no anti-depressant ever could.
The natural environment helps relieve stress while the social aspects allow you to make new friends easily. Says Professor Anders Ahlbom, Swedish professor who did a study that found golfers live longer “People play golf into old age and there are positive social and psychological aspects to the game that can be of help.”
The friendships created provide the motivation to meet and go play. They increase self-esteem and happiness. Golf can help lift depression and improve one’s outlook on life. (Unless you start shanking, in which case it quickly drives you insane!) All of these attributes help improve mental health by leaving golfers with a profound feeling of enormous satisfaction.