My whole reason for being is to PLAY! Oh yes, I believe in PLAY! If you've read any of my About Page on this blog or on my website, you'll read over and over again, that I'm a believer! I know PLAY has helped me get through fears that I'm not good enough and helped me to not take myself so seriously. So when I hear or read things that supports my view, of course, I have to share it.
The book I'm reading , "The Essentialist", actually said there are 3 Important Reasons to Play! You know I highlighted that and had to share it. Here's what I highlighted in "The Essentialist" (My comments are in the parentheses):
- First, play broadens the range of options available to us (We think outside the box to come up with innovative solutions).
- Second, play is an antidote to stress and this is key because stress, in addition to being an enemy of productivity, can actually shut down the creative, inquisitive, exploratory parts of our brain (When you get all worked up and scared, just go and play).
- Third, as Edward M. Hallowell, a psychiatrist who specializes in brain science, explains, play has a positive effect on the executive function of the brain (You just run a better brain when playing).
The book further explains:
Play stimulates the parts of the brain involved in both careful, logical reasoning and carefree, unbound exploration.
Those efforts challenge the Nonessentialist logic that play is trivial. Instead, they celebrate play as a vital driver of creativity and exploration.It made me very happy to hear this. I hope it does you too. Now, go play!