Do you love to play? The power and benefits of play, even as an adult, especially as an adult, should never be underestimated. Studies have shown that play (meaning a non-work activity that you find fun) increases creative thinking, reduces stress and enhances energy levels.
Ever wonder why kids always want to “go play?” Because it’s fun! Although there are a lot of perks to being a grown up, ample play time usually isn’t one of them, and that’s sad. A good amount of play time has always been shown to increase life longevity and encourages you to take risks in other areas of your life. Why is that? Imagine shooting white water rapids or learning how to paint if you’ve never done either of those before. The adrenaline rush from one and the self-acceptance to try something you may or may not be good at with the other, tells your mind, body and spirit that trying new things is okay.
Trying new things in the safe environment of “play” means that you’re more likely to try new things in other areas where you might normally not be so risk tolerant. Ultimately, play brings more joy into your life and that is a good thing!
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