Play is fun and can trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain and stress. One of play's benefits, says Penny Donnefeld, a clinical psychologist in Manhattan, is that it reduces stress hormones in the bloodstream. That health benefit alone should give adults motivation to play.
PRODUCTIVITY BOOSTER -- AT WORK
According to Dr. Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play, play can lower your stress levels, boost your optimism, increase your motivation to move up in a company, and improve concentration and perseverance. Play may event open up new neural connections in the brain, leading to greater creativity. "There is good evidence that if you allow employees to engage in something they want to do, (which) is playful, there are better outcomes in terms of productivity and motivation,” said Brown.
Incorporating more fun and play into your daily life can improve the quality of your relationships -- and your mood. Playing with your child has even more benefits. Not ony does it aid your child’s development, play can also bring you closer together and strengthen your parent-child bond. Those bonds last a lifetime.
Need ideas for how to infuse more play into your life? Head to your neighborhood toy store! The play experts there will have tons of suggestions for play that will fit your interests and lifestyle.
Cheers to a playful 2015!