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How often are you playful? Playfulness is typically associated with children. But adults need to play too. As an adult, it can be easy to take yourself far too seriously. Over the past few years that is something I have struggled with myself. Adults need to play just as much as children…maybe even more. Besides being a lot of fun, incorporating playfulness also has some great benefits as well.
Benefits of being playful
Let’s face it, we’re all pretty stressed out these days. But playfulness can help reduce stress. It reduces stress by promoting relaxation and the release of endorphins, which are natural mood lifters. Finding a playful activity can also take your mind off the stress in your life and provide a mental break.
Boosted creativity and problem-solving
Playfulness encourages creative thinking and innovation. When adults engage in playful activities, they are more likely to approach problems with a flexible and open mindset, leading to better problem-solving skills.
Helps improve relationships
Playfulness can help improve relationships. Playful individuals tend to be more approachable, fun to be around and are better at bonding with others. Play can also be a form of non-verbal communication that strengthens connections.
Playful adults tend to be more curious and eager to explore new ideas and experiences. This attitude can lead to a lifelong love of learning and a more adaptable mindset.
Improved physical health
Playful activities often involve physical movement, which can contribute to better physical health. Whether it’s dancing, playing a sport, or simply goofing around, physical play can help maintain fitness levels.
Playfulness can build resilience against life’s challenges. Playful individuals often bounce back more easily from setbacks because they maintain a positive outlook and are better at finding humor in difficult situations.
Studies are now showing that adults to incorporate playfulness experience a stress reduction. Since chronic stress has been connected to chronic illness, reducing stress can have far-reaching impacts on health
Engaging in playful activities triggers the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward. This can lead to improved mood and overall well-being.
Short breaks for playful activities during work or tasks can actually boost productivity. These play breaks provide a mental reset, help alleviate mental fatigue, and improve focus when returning to tasks.
Communication in every relationship is important. Playfulness can improve communication skills, as it encourages active listening, empathy, and the ability to connect with others on a deeper level.
Some studies suggest that maintaining a playful attitude can contribute to a longer and healthier life. It keeps the mind and body active and engaged, which can slow down the aging process.
Improved quality of life
Ultimately, being playful can enhance your overall quality of life. It adds joy, spontaneity, and a sense of adventure to everyday activities, making life more fulfilling.
It’s important to note that playfulness can take many forms, from physical activities like sports and games to more creative pursuits like art and music. The key is to find activities that resonate with you and bring out your playful side. Embracing playfulness in adulthood can contribute to a happier, healthier, and more balanced life.
Sure, here are five ways adults can be more playful
Try something new
Adults can be playful by trying out new hobbies, games, or sports that they have never tried before. This can include anything from learning to play a new musical instrument to trying out a new board game or sport.
Engage in creative activities
Adults can be playful by engaging in creative activities such as painting, drawing, or sculpting. These activities can allow adults to tap into their imagination and explore their creativity in a fun and playful way.
Play with children
Spending time with children can be a great way for adults to be more playful. Adults can join in on children’s games and activities, and even come up with new games and activities to play together.
Laughter is a great way to be more playful. Adults can seek out opportunities to laugh more, such as watching a funny movie, attending a comedy show, or simply spending time with friends who have a good sense of humor.
Embrace a sense of curiosity
Finally, adults can be more playful by embracing a sense of curiosity about the world around them. This can involve asking questions, exploring new places, or simply approaching everyday activities with a sense of wonder and curiosity.
If you have been taking yourself too seriously, it’s a great time to incorporate more playfulness into your life. The benefits are worth it! Find something that lights you up and get back to playing regularly!