“The opposite of play is not work; the opposite of play is depression.” – Dr. Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play
While adults are typically the ones teaching children, there is so much we can learn from them and their attitude toward the world. The carefree nature that comes with childhood is one of the most beautiful things in the world. While “playing” is seen as a childlike activity, it can increase creativity in adults and generally make you happier, according to Dr. Chris Bogart, a licensed clinical psychologist from Connecticut. He defines play as “time spent without purpose.” As adults, we often think of a lack of purpose as a waste of time and energy. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Just because you aren’t getting a task done, having fun is essential for maintaining your mental health.
So, dance around your room to Beyonce or the Beatles! Play tug of war with your dog! Let your imagination run wild, and allow yourself to truly let go and play.