“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” - George Bernard Shaw

July 29, 2016

When we play we create infinite possibilities to connect with others. Play can boost our creativity, heighten our mood, bring laughter, and help us engage in the world differently from an “adult” angle.

 

Let us add more play in our lives and realize that playfulness is a skill to cultivate over time. 

 

    Be mindful. When I am playful I look at the world with open eyes. Resources, people, opportunities, etc., I see them all. Next time you're waiting for something or someone, take time to see the world around you. Notice someone smiling at you, a small dog, tree, bridge, or rope you could climb?

 

   Be silly. Stop worrying about what other people think, unchain yourself and experience the freedom that comes with it.

 

    Laugh. When you stay playful you develop a sense of humor about things. Not just telling jokes, but also you don't take life too serious.

 

   Try a new physical challenge. How high can I jump?  Can I jump over a friend’s head? How far do you think you can throw that pebble? You can actually plan for a simple physical challenge. See, most physical stuff is really fun. Moreover, the physiological impact in your body as a result, leads to higher levels of endorphins. These make you happy.

 

   Go outside. Whenever I feel cornered, I move outside. See the sun, the neighbor's kids or flowers. These are all good things. Being in a good mood sets the stage for playfulness. So don't sulk. Be cheerful. Smile, I guarantee you it helps make things look easier.

 

   Make something.  Write a song. Someone special's birthday is coming up? Make them the coolest card you can. Do art without thought of success. Build a sand castle.

 

   Interact with more playful people. They will teach you a thing or two about how you like to play and connect.

 

   Integrate playfulness into a yoga class by taking classes from instructors who bring fun and playfulness to class. Pull up the corners of your mouth towards your ears. If you're fighting to stay in a Warrior pose, sparkle your fingers and play an imaginary piano.

 

   Laugh at yourself. Laugh when you miss a step in class. Be sure to nurture and build yourself in joy. Take accountability to cause your own happiness and healing and then share this authentically.

 

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