Remember the joy of building a sandcastle? The pleasure in finger-painting? Experts agree that playing is good for children. It helps them learn how to solve problems and develop social skills.
But grownups also need unstructured time to engage in activities that have no rhyme or reason except fun. Playful times can relieve stress, recharge the spirit, and provide creative insights.
What, exactly, is play? One expert defines play as anything done in a carefree manner for the pure joy of it. For some, this might mean drawing or performing music. For others, it may mean dancing, skiing, or working crossword puzzles.
Today, try to make your day more playful for at least 5 to 10 minutes.
- Allow yourself to be sidetracked by play. If commitments crowd your calendar, squeeze in some play—even if it’s just for a few minutes.
- Look for the humor in life. Having a sense of humor is crucial to play