Finding Opportunities to Play

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Adults need time to play too! Chapter 10: Play and Create of Onward explores all the benefits of play and I just love the comparison that Elena Aguilar makes: With all these benefits, play is like an essential multivitamin that we should be taking daily.When we’re playing, we’re creating new imaginative cognitive combinations. Our brain gets to try out new things without threatening our physical or emotional well-being. When the risks are small and fun is present, we more readily learn new skills.

Needing some ideas? Read the NPR Ed: How things happen post Play Doesn’t End with Childhood: Why Adults Need Recess Too. According to the article, what is at stake if we don’t add play into our lives, besides the fact that we aren’t cultivating our resilience of course, “‘What you begin to see when there’s major play deprivation in an otherwise competent adult is that they’re not much fun to be around,’ he says. ‘You begin to see that the perseverance and joy in work is lessened and that life is much more laborious.’ In other words, all work and no play makes everyone a whole lot duller.”

Go Play!

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