Children can turn anything into play. They just have that magic to turn the ordinary into something extraordinary. Before I had children of my own I was a preschool teacher, and children learn best through play. We teachers turned everything into games, the kids had no idea they were learning to read and do math, they just thought they were playing games. Playing is also one of the best ways for children to build relationships, they bond with the players and create connections. And that’s true not just for kids but for adults. We build deeper relationships with the people we laugh and play with.
As adults we’ve lost all of our “play”. We think that because we’ve grown up we no longer need to giggle and be silly. But we do! When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? For me it was this past Saturday. I have a group of friends that get together at least once a month for a game night, we laugh, we get competitive and play and those friends are like family because we’ve built a bond through fun. I feel refreshed after spending time with those friends and I miss it if it’s been a long time between hang outs. We still need to play, our hearts need it to thrive.
How can you get more play in your life? Well an easy way is if you have kids in your life, play with them, get on the ground and really interact with them. Build blocks, play dolls watch silly movies. You’ll be a better parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle if you do. If you don’t have kids, you do have friends. Get out there and have fun. Go run on the beach, have a game night, do something fun with the people you enjoy living life with.
Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you have to stop playing. We all NEED more fun in our lives. So get out there and play!