“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
(George Bernard Shaw)
It’s official. Playing, having ‘unproductive’ fun and even being downright silly are extremely important for your mental health – even when you’re an adult. We’re inclined to think of play as being something that’s important for kids. What we don’t realise is that if we prevent ourselves from playing, we’re actually missing out on something that should be an important part of our lives.
Here’s why we need to play:
1. Playing makes us more sociable
This one should be a no-brainer. Kids who don’t play make parents worry: will they ever be able to connect with other kids? The same goes for adults. Play helps us to make new friends and enjoy the company of old friends too.
2. Keep your thinking skills sharp
Research suggests that playing and solving problems for fun helps to keep our thinking clear and improves our memories – even when we grow old. Psychologists also say that play helps us to think more creatively, so we’ll express ourselves better and solve problems more easily. Experts say that regular play may even help to stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia.
3. Playfulness keeps families together
To keep a strong relationship with your partner or spouse, it’s very important to ensure that you don’t just focus on practical issues together. Having fun and sharing laughter makes for stronger marriages and brings parents and kids closer together too. Put household concerns aside at least once a week, and have fun with the most important people in your life.
4. Play makes you more productive
Nobody can work hard and be serious all the time. If you try to do that, you’ll very likely end up feeling depressed and burned out. Give your brain a break and refresh your spirit with a healthy dose of vitamin P for play!
5. De-stress with play and playfulness
How many times have you heard that stress makes us ill? A hundred times? A thousand times? That’s why we’re not even going to mention that. But what we do need to know is that play, especially physical play that gets our hearts beating, helps to reduce stress.
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