Depression, decreased emotional regulation, diminished impulse control, shallow relationships, higher likelihood of violent crime.
Those are just a few of the things that are made more likely by playing too little.
In this episode of Live a Life You Love, I discuss why play is so critical for every aspect of your life, from your relationships to your business/career to your health. I also talk about 4 of the easiest ways to add more play into your life.
This is particularly important to me, not only because I love play (and games in particular), but also because play has helped me overcome both burnout and minor bouts of depression.
And I have many friends for whom play has also played a big role in the improvement of their mental and emotional well-being.
All animals play, and humans – you – are no exception. If you want to live a thriving life, then play is absolutely necessary. Here are just a few of the benefits:
If you like the article below, I also recorded a podcast episode on this topic. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher, or you can listen to the episode below (at the end of the article).
If you want to live a life you love, you have three options you can choose from.
Most people in your life take this approach. They believe that if they make more money, they’ll be happy. Or if they find the right husband or wife, everything will be great. And they often blame the people in their life – or sometimes even companies and the government – for things that go wrong.
But don’t fool yourself. You also take this approach in many ways. You want to change your partner’s bad habits like running late or not showering enough, so you try to subtly (or not so subtly) push them to change. And if you have kids, you might never have been subtle at all – you just tell them how they need to change. If we’re being honest, we all take this approach sometimes.