Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Importance of Play for Adults


Our society tends to dismiss play for adults. Play is perceived as unproductive, petty or even a guilty pleasure.

The notion is that once we reach adulthood, it’s time to get serious. And between personal and professional responsibilities, there’s no time to play. But play is just as pivotal for adults as it is for kids.

“We don’t lose the need for novelty and pleasure as we grow up,” according to Scott G. Eberle, Ph.D, vice president for play studies at The Strong and editor of the American Journal of Play.

Play brings joy. And it’s vital for problem solving, creativity and relationships.  Read the entire article.

Editor's Note:
Play is one of the things I have used on my healing journey.  My husband and I love to play card games and board games, so even when I was in the hardest of times with the heart issues, we would play a game each day.  It took my focus off of my body and into "fun land."

We have continued that simply because we were doing it before my crisis.  We both work on the computer for our jobs and playing games or doing jigsaw puzzles WITH SOMEONE really helps your memory.  After staring at a screen for most of the day, my husband really needs this and I love games.

Realizing the power of this, we also schedule outings no matter how short just to have time for play.  In our world there is much emphasis on being driven and not wasting time on non-productive things.  It's not healthy as we all can see with the diseases that are stress-related.  Take time to look at a tree, watch a bird, pet a dog walking by .... live in the moment.

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