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I am found in many lands, from the mountains to the sands. I bring you joy and sometimes pain, and can make you play again. What am I?

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    – gabbo1092
    Feb 2, 2023 at 14:10

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A long shot:

Shell

I am found in many lands, from the mountains to the sands.

Shells are notoriously distributed not only to the shores but also to mountains due to how earth progressed. Ross can provide further info.

I bring you joy

They are used in decoration, and also in a romantic "listen the sea of sound in them" fashion

and sometimes pain

a shotgun shell, an artillery shell can do that

and can make you play again

Well until now, the "knowledge" tag is not used. Since "play" is intrisically linked with "game", I'm sure anyone can think of some game with some shell in it. Any FPS with shotguns will do. I opt for Shelly de Killer from the Ace Attorney series.

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    – Hawkeye
    Feb 2, 2023 at 20:28
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I think it is:

Life
Life is found almost everywhere. It is found on mountains and in the sand.
Life brings both joy and pain to us.
and with an extra life I can play again.

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    – gabbo1092
    Feb 2, 2023 at 19:40
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My best guess is

Salt
Salt brings joy as a common seasoning with a savory quality.
Pain could mean someone who is salty. Eating salt by itself is also painful, lol. Even food that is too salty is no good.
Salt can make you play again because it is a common source of the electrolyte sodium(think Gatorade etc.) - electrolytes aid in effective hydration.

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