The movie Tag is based on a true story about a group of adults who have continued their game of tag since they were kids... over 23 years! By definition, “play” is engaging in an activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than for a serious or practical purpose.
When I was a kid, my friends and I...
• ran through sprinklers in the summer
• roller-skated in the basement
• put on performances
• jumped on every swing we found
• made up dance routines
Why don’t we play more like this as adults? Perhaps we perceive that as grown-ups we must engage in serious and practical activities. Isn’t play simply an unproductive use of our time?
But what if play actually is practical and productive?
Psychiatrist Stuart Brown’s research revealed that play is critical for connecting with strangers, rekindling relationships, solving problems creatively, and boosting productivity. And it’s a catalyst for joy and happiness!
Dr. Brown compares play to oxygen, “... it’s all around us, yet goes mostly unnoticed or unappreciated until it is missing.”
The first step to inhaling play? Give ourselves permission to play without producing or progressing anything.
So how can we ripple more play into our day? By making time for whatever activities we enjoy needlessly:
• Jigsaws puzzles, board games, cards
• Dancing, singing, playing instruments
• Kayaking, bicycling, walking
• Knitting, painting, pottery
• Make-believe with kids
• Creating new adventures
"We don’t stop playing because we grow old.
We grow old because we stop playing.