It is a happy talent to know how to play.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Summertime and the livin’ is easy…
It’s important to your stress level and your happiness quotient that you have at least one activity that you do regularly just for fun. Hobbies and fun activities can bring added joy and happiness to life, and can be a great way to relieve stress as well.
Too often play is perceived as unproductive, petty or even a guilty pleasure. The notion is that once we reach adulthood, it’s time to get serious. And between personal and professional responsibilities, there’s no time to play.
We don’t need to play every second of the day to enjoy play’s benefits. I have found that playing with kids helps us experience the magic of play through their perspective. I’ve had a lot of experience with that first with my own and now with the grandchildren. We all have some inner child in us that needs and wants to play too. Playtime was healthy for us as children, and it is healthy for us as adults.
The ability to laugh, play, and have fun with others not only makes life more enjoyable but also helps you solve problems, connect with others, and be more creative. People who incorporate humor and play into their daily lives find that it renews them and all of their relationships.
I don’t think that we ever get to old to play. Today’s pictures are of one of my little grandsons playing in my back yard the other day. It was a lot of fun for both of us.
We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
George Bernard Shaw