What Makes Us Happy: Why Game Shows Can Boost Your Student’s Mood

As part of National Wellness Month, Neon Entertainment is exploring the benefits student programming has on the mental health of students. In our research, we’ve learned just why our Virtual Game Shows have been such a success on campuses everywhere. It’s all biochemistry. Fun activities like game shows release your natural hormones, that impact your mood. Your body releases dopamine, serotonin, endorphins and oxytocin during gameplay. These hormones will naturally make you feel happier, both in the moment and in the long-term.

Participating in games relieves stress and increases your mood. Our game shows are hosted by professional comedians. Laughter produces endorphins; balancing stress and anxiety. Cortisol is also released in your body helping you sleep more soundly. With better sleep comes greater concentration, memory, and improved academic performance.

Playing games with friends and family strengthen your relationships with them. Spending quality time with people is proven to strengthen those relationships. When you spend time with friends your body releases oxytocin, a hormone that creates feelings of trust and intimacy, strengthening your relationships.  Additionally, spending time with friends or loved ones causes your serotonin to flow more. Serotonin will boost your mood, helping to regulate anxiety or depression. All of this is why creating a sense of community has been both challenging and inherently important during the pandemic. Our game shows give people the ability to connect socially via a completely online program.

All of these factors are an important part of understanding why student activities play an important role in building a community among students, as well as improving student’s academic and social life. Neon’s Game Shows do just that. Plus, you have a chance to win up to $200 in prizes and that would make anyone happy!

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