Mental Health and Exercise

The VA claims the most important thing a person can do for their mental health is to exercise. A psychiatrists at the VA told me to exercise to perspiration. So, I quit golf, a game I enjoyed all my life, and took up handball. I never loved golf. I just enjoyed it. I am never so happy as when I leave a handball court. I do not have a problem in the world. I play handball with fine men who do not object that I am the worst player in the league. All they care about is that I show up and play. No one complains if I miss a shot. I am not partnered with the poorer players. I am greeted with a smile when I arrive. One of the players says handball is the only thing that makes me happy. Is handball better than sex with someone I love? That was Bertrand Russel’s explanation for the highest form of human happiness. Maybe it is.

Published by Christopher G. Bremicker

Special Forces medic stationed at Ft. Bragg NC from 1968 to 1970. BA English and MBA, both from University of Minnesota. Fisherman, grouse hunter, downhill skier.. Plays handball and reviews theater. Present job at Walgreens in St. Paul MN is forty-sixth job since high school. Hometown is Cable WI.

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