9 Reasons Why I Love Volleyball

9 Reasons Why I Love Volleyball

Volleyball offers many positive benefits for our bodies, minds, and social lives.
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From sand volleyball with both friends and strangers to indoor volleyball or even volleyball class — volleyball has given me a lot to love and appreciate over the years since I started playing in high school and continued in college.

1. Volleyball is popular all over the WORLD

Total Sportek used 13 factors to rank the most popular sports in the world, and volleyball came in strong at #10 on their list.

Today there are more than 46 million Americans who play volleyball.

There are 800 million players worldwide who play Volleyball at least once a week.

One may find volleyball players all around the globe.

2. Volleyball is fun for people of ALL skill levels


I started playing volleyball in high school and I loved the game whether or not I did well. At first, knowing little of volleyball rules and technique led me to swing my arms wildly to hit the ball over the net like Tarzan when he swung through the jungle, and I only succeeded half of the time.

When I got the basics down and managed to consistently hit the ball over the net, I felt an awesome sense of accomplishment. I did improve as I got used to the sport, but It was then that I realized that volleyball is fun for ALL skill levels.

Since coming to university, I made an effort to play volleyball whenever there was fair weather. I often found people to join me. Often, people warn me they are bad before we start. As if that would make me not want to play with them.

"No, you're better than you think!" I'd reply, and every game I played ended with warm, sandy smiles on sweaty faces. Though they underestimated themselves they were quite able to learn to play.

3. Volleyball is a great way to meet NEW people


The fact that everyone can enjoy volleyball, regardless of skill, makes it a great way to meet new people. Just start hitting the ball around at a local court and watch people appear.

When people depend on each other they grow bonds. Whether people prefer to dive to hit the ball to the other team's side, or block, pass, set, and spike, volleyball bonds teams together, even teams of strangers.

I made so many friends from playing this fine sport, and you can too!

4. Volleyball makes us HAPPY (through the release of non-addictive endorphins)


Exercise makes us feel good because it causes our brains to release endorphins.

Volleyball is a form of exercise.

Therefore, if we play volleyball, we will feel good.

According to WebMD, humans manufacture endorphins in the brain, spinal cord, and many other parts of the body which release in response to brain chemicals called neurotransmitters.

Endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to morphine. Thiscan lead to an energizing outlook on life and does so in a natural way which does not cause addiction or dependence.

I can attest to the fact that I feel the powerful, positive and refreshing feeling of endorphins when I play volleyball.

5. Volleyball allows you to soak up the SUN


That being said, we all know Vitamin D is good for us, and just playing a couple hours of volleyball games can give us our daily dose.

6. Volleyball can be HILARIOUS


Whether someone makes a crazy play, destroys someone with a well-placed spike, or accidentally hits their own teammate on the butt with a ball, the game of volleyball often leaves us with many laughable moments.

7. Volleyball lets us get COMPETITIVE


Are you tired of boring or stressful class group work assignments? Take a group of friends to the volleyball court and battle it out. Striving with our friends in an exciting game of volleyball allows for a ton of fun. Plus, one can always call "best two out of three" upon a loss to keep the play going.

8. Volleyball strengthens our DETERMINATION


I used to give up on a lot of things until I started playing volleyball. I once gave up because my team seemed too far behind to catch up. Yet, we came back in points and were able to win the game! Therefore, I realized on the volleyball court that I should never give up. If the other team can do well, so can we!

I decided to always try my best in whatever I do, no matter what. even if I'm winning, I am giving my all. If I am losing, I am still giving my all. I applied this mantra to other parts of my life as well and reaped plenty of rewards. Sometimes, my best is not enough to succeed, but I never regret giving my best effort!

9. Volleyball is so much FUN

Basically, one cannot go wrong with playing volleyball. Win or lose, it is always fun. If you have played it before you will understand. If you have not played it before, what are you waiting for? Go out there and try this amazing game. Experience the endorphins from smacking a volleyball around with your friends.

Enjoy your daily dose of Vitamin D for the sun. Make new friends with the awesome humans in your life who you do not know yet. Laugh when you fail. Cry when your team achieves a spectacular victory. Hug the players to your right and left. Unite for the sake of happiness, and celebrate our leather spheres!

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50 Things To Be Happy About

It's the little things in life.
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It is always easier to pick out the negatives in life. We tend to dwell on them and drown out the happy moments. I asked a friend to tell me something that made them happy. They sarcastically laughed at my question then thought about it for a minute. Nothing. But they could easily come up with things that made them unhappy. Then I read them my list, and they were smiling and laughing in agreement the whole time. There are so many more things to be happy and laugh about than we realize. After all- it's the little things in life that can mean the most! Here are 50 things that make me happy. What are your 50?

  1. The first warm day of the year
  2. Laughing so hard your abs ache
  3. Freshly washed sheets
  4. Looking through old pictures
  5. The smell of a coffee shop
  6. Eating cookie dough
  7. Reading a bible verse that perfectly fits your current situation
  8. Seeing someone open a gift you got them
  9. Eating birthday cake
  10. A shower after a long day
  11. Marking something off your to-do list
  12. Drinking ice cold water on a really hot day
  13. Dressing up for no reason
  14. Breakfast food
  15. Being able to lay in bed in the morning
  16. Finding something you love at the store
  17. And it’s on sale
  18. Cute elderly couples
  19. When a stranger compliments you
  20. Getting butterflies in your stomach
  21. Taking a nap
  22. Cooking something delicious
  23. Being lost for words
  24. Receiving a birthday card in the mail
  25. And there's money in it
  26. Finally cleaning your room
  27. Realizing how fortunate you are
  28. Waking up from a nightmare and realizing it wasn't real
  29. Fresh fruit
  30. Walking barefoot in the grass
  31. Singing along to a song in the car
  32. Sunrises
  33. Sunsets
  34. Freshly baked cookies with a glass of milk
  35. Summertime cookouts
  36. Feeling pretty
  37. Looking forward to something
  38. Lemonade
  39. Comfortable silences
  40. Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing you have more time to sleep
  41. Surviving another school year
  42. The cold side of the pillow
  43. The smell of popcorn
  44. Remembering something funny that happened
  45. Laughing to yourself about it
  46. Feeling weird about laughing to yourself
  47. Printed photographs
  48. Wearing a new outfit
  49. The sound of an ice cream truck
  50. Feeling confident
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When Should I Eat?

You should typically eat when your body tells you to, not your craving or friend.

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Do you find that you are not hungry for dinner when you sit down at the usual time? How about lunch? Or breakfast? Or even when you snack? For me, it is usually dinner time when I feel this way. Perhaps after the first dish, you work up an appetite and go up for seconds. Later, you think, "why did I do that?"

We have been trained to eat three square meals at certain times of the day, at least I was. It is something our parents did and their parents. But here is something I have learned, not everyone should have the same eating patterns. Digestive systems differ per person and each individual requires differing amounts of calories for every day. For me, I have a sensitive digestive system. I have learned the hard way when I decided to eat seconds or eat when my body said it wasn't hungry.

Recently I have changed my eating pattern after reading Mark Divine's "The Way of the SEAL." To those who don't know, this book has heavily influenced my life and I wrote an article about it. In one section of the book, he gave a quick suggestion on eating habits. He said that the three square meals a day comes from the Industrial Revolution days when people had specific schedules. He said that the body should be fueled as needed through eating. Not only did it benefit his health, it freed up his breaks at work to focus on other things. At the same time, he states that it is okay to break the rule once in a while to enjoy life.

Even though his book didn't focus on nutrition or eating habits, this small section caused me to analyze my patterns. I realized that I was having calorie-rich meals when I wasn't hungry and that it usually caused indigestion. Plus his advice just sounded like common sense, eat when you're hungry. So I decided to start doing this. The result: I felt healthier and experienced less indigestion. And something seemed right about it.

If you consider it, our body sends us many messages on what to do. When to go to the bathroom, when you're cold, etc. People typically listen to their body in those situations, but not so much with food. The obesity epidemic in society is evidence of that. Obviously, there are other factors that have caused the obesity problem, but self-control with eating is not encouraged enough. Therefore, I believe people should check for a hungry message from their body before eating. As much as it will cause some odd schedules for meals or quick snacks, it will be beneficial for health. And checking the quantity you eat is important as well.

Another important part of eating is what you eat, which is one we hear about frequently. Another personal observation I have made is that when I eat healthier foods, especially fruit, my mood can get more positive. Probably because healthy fruits and vegetables don't give me the sick feeling after eating a sugar-filled brownie. Believe it or not, a healthier diet can improve mental health according to a study in New Zealand. So why not eat healthier to be in a better mood during the week?

I am not a health nut nor am I against enjoying life with a piece of cake once in a while. But I feel strongly about eating the right foods at the right time. I have gotten weird reactions from some people when I don't eat lunch for a long time or I talk about my eating patterns. I don't care since I know it is good for me and others. For some people, they need three square meals a day at certain times because that is when they are hungry. Like I said before, everyone has different eating patterns. Yet most of our eating should occur to satisfy hunger, not just for the sake of taste or socializing. If every person decided to eat healthy foods in the right quantities based on hunger, I think the health of the nation would improve.

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