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Dr. Clauselle Discusses Mental Health Benefits of Being a Sports Fan on Yahoo! Shine

With “March Madness” underway in the NCAA Tournament and Major League Baseball about to begin, there is no better time than right now to be a sports fan — and it may actually be good for your health.

Yahoo! Shine, the premier online lifestyle destination for 25 million women a day featuring the latest information and advice from experts, recently quoted Dr. Renee Clauselle on the psychological benefits of being a sports fan. To read the article, click here: http://www.shine.yahoo/health-benefits-of-being-a-sports-fan-2580054/

There are actually more benefits — health-wise — to being a sports fan, than you’d originally think,” Dr. Clauselle says. “Bonding over sports — the highs and lows of the game — strengthens ties, helps us feel supported, and makes it easier for you to open up about personal things.” Clearly, that feeling of closeness we get when we connect over sports also promotes better intimacy and connection, period.

Another health advantage of being a sports fan is that it gives you many opportunities to get together and have fun. For example, if you and a few of your friends follow a certain sport, it could be very worthwhile to host a small gathering on the days or nights there are events for that particular sport. After all, “It’s nice to have a standing weekly meet-up where you feel connected and part of a group,” says Dr. Clauselle.

The article is by a writer for Prevention magazine and has also been picked up by MSN. Getting this level of online recognition (the world’s fourth largest site!) is a fabulous opportunity for Dr. Clauselle. And, if you can, give her a little online love by liking the article on Yahoo! Shine or posting a positive comment on the full article here: http://www.shine.yahoo/health-benefits-of-being-a-sports-fan-2580054/

Getting the mention in Prevention (love the rhyming of that) and the posting on Yahoo! Shine is quite an achievement. Congratulations to our very own Dr. Clauselle!