We helped promote an event for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, displayed some our family talents, and made some wonderful memories. During the segment, I made a statement you’ve likely heard before:
That simple statement is profoundly true, and yet oversimplifies the importance of play. Not only does “play” serve as the bonding element for a family, but also is essential to marriages and workplace teams. Effective play enables us to connect quickly with strangers and diffuse conflict. But even more important, perhaps, than what play does for relationships is the way it helps transform our personal experience and even our brains! And the great news is that we were all born as experts in the art of play.
Researcher, Dr. Stuart Brown related in his TED talk, many powerful benefits and “modes” of play.
If you haven’t yet seen this, it’s well worth watching. But you don’t have to be a scientist to experiment and discover these benefits in your own life. Simply start putting play into practice, and you will experience:
Dr. Brown states that play enables us to “explore the possible” and that it is “as essential biologically as sleeping and dreaming.” So consider that if you are struggling in life or business, it might be “play time.” This is not merely a method of escape, but a vital strategy to achieve better results.
Here are five ideas to help you reclaim your power of play:
I truly desire for you to be happy, productive, and successful in your work, relationships and life. To accomplish this takes an artful combination of serious work and joyful play.
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