The Seriously Necessary and Transformative Power of Play

“The opposite of play is not work, it’s depression.” ~Stuart Brown

More and more I think that lack of play—real play in its various forms: interactive, creative, imaginative, physical—is what is dumbing us down. I know when I am bored, even now for half a day at work, I start forgetting words, I feel sluggish and numb, my creativity burns out.

“The opposite of play is not work, it’s depression.” ~Stuart Brown

I like Dr. Brown’s suggestion of picturing yourself having fun at play. What is it that you are doing? What kind of physical gestures are you making? What does your face look like? I also like that he says that play should not be something we do in our spare time, but rather something that is infused throughout our day.

I want a physical picture of myself at play – better yet, a whole bunch of them. I want to make a collage of play, because I need reminders all the time! (Astrologically, Saturn rules my sun sign and is in my 5th house—the house of play, children, and creativity. I was a very serious child and sometimes a way too serious adult.)

My partner is extremely playful. It permeates the house when we play. His daughter gets happy and playful, and so does the family cat. What a lucky gift.

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