Playing For Happiness

April 1, 2012 by  
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Elisha Goldstein, in the post below discusses the idea of playing as an important ingredient to happiness. I couldn’t agree more.

I’ve always liked to play.  I remember, as a kid once when I wanted a study session with a fellow student to be over, I pretended I was hearing voices from another realm.  Well, the session definitely ended, although the following day I had to endure all the other students looking at me as if I was strange.  It was fun, harmless and now a fond memory.

Playing gets our guards down and gives our overachieving brains a break.  When we play we let ourselves go without missions or expectations.  It is a release with no goals to be achieved.

As we grow older, we unfortunately equate playing with wasting time.  But, nothing could be further from the truth.  If we play we give our minds a chance to change its tune or perceive things in a different way.

I love to play mummy with my dogs or sit on a step and sing with them (don’t ask). Again, just silly stuff that reminds me I’m not the ever serious person.  After I’m done playing, I always have a feeling of being more alive and energized.

So, let yourself go and be silly.  Laugh loud and big.

Please read on.

The Essential Ingredient You May Be Missing for Happiness

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Abraham Joshua Heschel said, “Life is routine and routine is resistance to wonder.” As we get older this statement may seem to ring true more often, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

With children, research has shown that play has a significant impact on physical, cognitive, emotional, and social health. Why would it be different for us adults? How do we bring this mental health boosting attitude back into our lives? Continued…