Rewarding Recreation

The opposite of play is not work – the opposite of play is depression.

Brian Sutton-Smith

When is the last time you had fun? Like, really had fun? How often does this happen? Making time to allow ourselves to play can be a challenge. If you wish you could have more fun, more often, you are not alone!

Clay Drinko, Ph.D., author of Play Your Way Sane, offers his take on the benefits of play for adults. Play helps us to live in the moment instead of overthinking past, present, or future challenges. We de-stress, and there are research-identified benefits for our minds and our bodies. On top of that, play is a great way to make meaningful and memorable connections with others.

Don’t neglect your personal interests and hobbies! When you feel like you don’t have time for them, that is often the best time to make them happen. You’ll feel refreshed and recharged, and you’ll tackle your “adult” responsibilities with more energy, enthusiasm, and purpose.

Why Play at Work is Essential

In The Benefits of Play for Adults, Robinson,, identify many reasons why play at work has real value:

  • Keeps employees functional when under stress
  • Refreshes employees in mind and body
  • Encourages teamwork
  • Increases energy and prevents burnout
  • Triggers creativity and innovation
  • Helps employees see problems in new ways

They also identify how employers can help:

  • Provide opportunities for social interaction among employees.
  • Use meetings to encourage creative thinking and lighten the mood.
  • Encourage workers to take breaks and to incorporate fun into their work.

Additionally, the team identifies a number of additional ways adults can add and practice play in their own lives.

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