Ever wondered what the recipe is for happiness? The food we eat, the company we keep, the connections we make and our environment and where we live are obvious factors, but have you considered the importance of play? Do you see kids racing each other on their bikes and wish you could join in? Or at the playground with the kids and you want to swing from the monkey bars or swinging high on the swings like you used to as a kid. As adults we often lose the play factor in our lives, yet there are many studies that show there are few things more important to our happiness than frequent doses of play. Studies show that play reflects more of who we are than work. Alan Waterman of the College of New Jersey states “when you’re engaged in activities of “personal expressiveness,” you’re operating from the “true self”. This leads to optimal psychological functioning (i.e., happiness). Imagine seeing a 40-year-old jumping head-first down the water-slide…it would probably raise a few eyebrows, right? Adulthood just has a tendency to get in the way of optimal happiness.
So, we have a challenge for all of our fans! Join us in some reminiscent childhood play!
1. Dance Every Chance You Get
It may sound silly, but inserting dance into your day is a great way to stay (or get) healthy & happy. Studies have even shown that dancing is one of the best ways to keep Alzheimer’s at bay. Dance in the kitchen while you make dinner, in the car on the way to work, at your desk, in the gym, or even in the shower. It doesn’t have to be crazy; you just need to let your body move.
2. Set Up A Weekly Games Night
If you have kids, playing games with them is a great way to stay connected & engaged. Funny enough, the same thing works with your friends. Games have a way of calling forth your creativity, helping you re-discover those lost nuggets of knowledge in the back of your brain, and bringing out the best in people through friendly competition. Games nights take minimal effort, very little time to plan & execute, and they’re a lot of fun.
3. Get Up Frequently To Move & Play
In an average 8 hour workday, most people only accomplish about 3-6 hours of actual work. The rest of the time is spent chatting online, gossiping around the water cooler, or staring off into space. It’s not idle tomfoolery…this is a result our natural, biological rhythms