Stuart Brown Talks About Why Play is Vital, No Matter What Your Age
I think Brown is really onto something big, and I think he’s right when he says that play is as essential for healthy development as sleeping. I also think that for the most part, people have forgotten how to play in their daily lives. We’re too caught up in the modern world, with amazing technology, that we have become almost zombie-like and diligent followers of our routine (ever feel like you’re walking around in a world of zombies? maybe that’s a good topic for a future blogpost).
I see play as one of the greatest gifts humanity has been given, and probably one of the most under-used gifts we have access to. The benefits are obvious, but we shouldn’t be seeking the benefits. Nobody has sex for the health benefits, we have sex because we enjoy it. The same should be true of playing – the benefits come as a by-product of your creativity and enjoyment. I think it’s a good point to try and discern between slowly integrating play into your daily life and going all-out from this moment forward (that might not be a good idea). A little bit of playing at the right times can do a lot of good, but it’s difficult to know when it’s appropriate and when it isn’t.
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To your health and success,