Edmonton was all smiles on Wednesday, after Tuesday night’s victory by the Edmonton Oilers. Clinching a playoff spot for the first time since 2006 made for a lot of happy fans.
“I think it’s possible for all the citizens to be happy,” University of Alberta professor of psychiatry Dr. Peter Silverstone said.
“Shared good news has positive benefits”
It’s been 11 years since the Oilers were in the playoffs. For a lot a people this will be a new experience.
“Half a generation hasn’t experienced this before,” play-by-play voice of the Oilers on 630 CHED Jack Michaels said Wednesday. “If you’re 18-19 years old, finishing up high school, you were a little kid. You probably didn’t recognize even what was going on the last time the Oilers were in the postseason.
“This is very special to a lot of Edmontonians.”
After being with the team for 10 seasons, Michaels will get to call his first Oilers playoff game this April.
“The most impressive thing in many ways to me this season is how, over the course of the year, the people who attend the games have kind of transformed themselves from an audience into a crowd,” he said. “And [Tuesday night] was definitely a crowd. And a crowd that was ready to party.”
“The evidence seems to be that when people are feeling more positive and optimistic, their mental health improves,” Silverstone said. “Their self-esteem improves. And interestingly, if it continues, their physical health can improve as well.”
He feels a single event won’t mean long time health benefits, but he says the more positive news you receive, the better off you are.
Playoffs start April 12. Tickets go on sale April 10. (eb with files from kyle morris)