We all must have heard the phrase- “health is wealth” at some point of time in our lives. the phrase implies that wealth is nothing but a manifestation of a healthy body. the phrase might be deceiving for some, because the ‘wealth’ mentioned here is not the materialistic ‘wealth’ but the real wealth of ‘health’. that means- if you are healthy and fit you will well be able to live linger, work and meet your requirements, prosper and grow.if you lose wealth, it could be gained back through hard work, but if you lose health then it will be much more difficult to gain it back. to stay healthy you must be physically active by actively participating in sports and games. playing sports and games keep the vital stats of your body maintained by keeping your vital organs healthy and functional. below we are providing a long essay on sports and games, stressing upon the difference between sports and games, importance of sports and games and a brief description of some of the world’s famous sports and games.what is the difference between sports and games? there is a huge difference between sports and games, barring few exceptions. any kind of sport must mandatorily involve physical activity and skills, but a game may or may not involve physical activity; nevertheless, it will also require skills. ‘sports’ is a completion in which the participants are solo and usually relying on their own individual skills. some of the examples of sports are- swimming, javelin throw, gymnastic, dirt racing, horse riding, para gliding etc. they all rely on the participants individual skills and all involve physical activity.there is also an exception to the above rule- some sports those involve team work, can be termed both as game and sport. for ex- cricket, basket ball and volley ball are referred to as games as well as sports. it is very common to hear phrases like- ‘game of cricket’ or ‘cricket is a great sport’ etc. one rule never changes, and that is- if you are calling an activity a sport, it must involve physical activity and exertion.many games on the other hand, don’t require any physical activity; nevertheless they still require individual skills. some examples of such games are – chess, board games, card games, party games, dice games, video games etc. some of these games may require a little physical movement; not enough to categorize them under sports.what is the importance/value of sports and games? getting involved in a sport and game has various positive effects on one’s body, mind and personality. they keep you physically and mentally healthy, making you ready to accept defeat and rise again. below given are some of the most important advantages or values of sports and games-1) physical fitness playing sports and games will keep your body fit by keeping your vital organs healthy. physical fitness is one of the main attributes of sports and games. physical exercise makes your heart beat faster, improving the health of your heart and lung as well.2) mentally fit/alert playing any kind of sport requires not only physical agility but also mental activity. a sportsman is required to think fast and respond immediately to different situations. such mental exercise keeps your brain fit and alert and dramatically improves your response time. games like chess, checkers and cards etc improve thinking ability.3) team worksports improve your ability to work in a team and fight for a common goal. you get to know that how to work in a team. you listen to the opinions of your team mates, even suggesting them where ever necessary and together chart out a plan for your team’s win.4) improves confidence levelseeing your strategies working out for your team, the win, the appreciation that you get from your team mates and friends, will boost up your confidence level to a new high. even if you are on the losing side, you still will have the confidence to compete again and win.5) stress busterplaying sports and games, even the ones those don’t involve much physical activity are natural stress busters. you pumped up heart or an actively concentrated brain will ultimately bring your stress level down.6) socializationplaying sports and games is also a kind of social activity. you interact with your opponents, team mates, viewers and judges. strategies and rules are discussed; pleasantries are exchanged, all improving your social skills and conduct. a good sportsman knows how to conduct himself with different people and under different circumstances.