When did you truly play? As adults we always associate play with children. The relevance of play in the development of children has been widely studied. Play promotes children’s physical, social, cognitive, and emotional well-being. Play in this case where it means anything we do simply for the joy of doing rather than as a means to an end. Are the same advantages available to adults?
Play has the power to significantly improve everything from personal health to relationship to education to organisations ability to innovate. “play” leads to brain plasticity, adaptability and creativity. Nothing fires up the brain like play. Stuart Brown founder of the national institute for play.
Humans are the biggest players of all. We are built to play and built through play. When we play, we are engaged in the purest expression of our humanity, the truest expression of our individuality. Play makes us more inquisitive, more attunes to novelty and more engaged. It expands our minds by allowing us to explore, to germinates ideas and to see old ideas in a new light.
It opens our mind and broadens our perspective. It helps us challenge old assumptions and makes us more receptive to untested ideas. It gives us permission to expand our own stream of consciousness and come up with new stories. It is also an antidote for stress.