This episode of Soulful Sunday explores the power of play.
Play is so important to optimal child development that it has been recognized by the United Nations as a right of every child. ~ Kenneth Ginsburg
Children learn (through play) critical life skills for mental, physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and communication development. A growing body of research (and my experience too) shows that play is equally important to adults. Play supports health, stress management, learning, and better relationships.
We get so caught up in our responsibilities that we forget to play, laugh, and enjoy life regardless of our circumstances. Play is defined as any activity done for pure enjoyment, rather than serious reasons or purpose. The danger in posts like mine is that we will add play to our growing To Do Lists! Then you face the paradox of wanting to play because you know it’s good for you. Or maybe you have enough kid spirit that you play just to play! If you want more reasons to add play to your list, here’s a good article on the 10 benefits of play. I found it very interesting that animals play and the smartest ones play more. Just think of dolphins dancing with waves, surfing, and other fun antics they’re known for.
In the article, Chris suggests making play a priority, pick activities you loved as a child (and still enjoy), and approach play with beginner’s mind.
According to Dr. Brad, play is good for the body, mind, and soul. When we play, we feel refreshed, restored, and full of life.
Potent people practice the power of play!