Healthy competition helps individuals to better understand their strengths and weaknesses, while encouraging personal achievement and growth. Winning provides an opportunity to show grace and empathy. Losing provides an opportunity for self-reflection and exploration of ways to improve going forward.
Play is important in social development, physical development, and cognitive development, and may help prepare us for the unexpected. (Spinka, Newberry, and Bekoff 2001.)
Fun competition can bring people together as it allows participants to feel this is a safe place to be themselves, connect with others and have some laughs.
Those who play rarely become brittle in the face of stress or lose the healing capacity for humor. -Stuart Brown, MD