hen was the last time you ditched your grownup routine to have a playdate with your partner or friend? For many of us, the daily stresses of adulting make the idea of playing seem frivolous. But there is great value in play – we all need time and space to have fun.Studies show that engaging in imaginative play is fundamental to our well-being, even as adults.
But how do you define “play?”
Psychiatrist and founder of the nonprofit National Institute for Play Stuart Brown tells NPR, “Play is something done for its own sake. It’s voluntary. It’s pleasurable. It offers a sense of engagement. It takes you out of time. And the act itself is more important than the outcome.”
So, adults need recess. But why?
As adults, playfulness improves our brains and lives, Brown says. Play helps us stay open to new ways of