“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”George Bernard Shaw
Every relationship needs a healthy pinch of fun in its recipe for happiness. As we explore our self health, by strengthening and expanding our connections to ourselves, we will want to remember the importance of play.
Creative activity increases happiness, reduces depression, anxiety and stress and boosts our immune system1. And yet, according to the Adobe State of Create Report2 in 2012, only one in four people feel they are living up to their creative potential.
Albert Einstein once said, “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” How many of us, as adults, prioritize healthy, playful, childlike, fun?
Play in Practice
Let’s invite more fun into our lives:
- Starting off each day, inviting the question “How can I make some space for fun, play and creativity?”
- Taking some time to reflect “What did I used to love doing, when I felt young, and free, and why did I stop? How can I connect with that again?”
1Tamlin S. Conner, Colin G. DeYoung & Paul J. Silvia (2018) Everyday creative activity as a path to flourishing, The Journal of Positive Psychology, 13:2, 181-189, DOI: 10.1080/17439760.2016.1257049