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For many of us, “play” evokes mindless childlike freedom, lack of stress, and even nonsensical or immature behavior, but it’s much more than that. In many cultures, play has been an expected part of the human experience throughout adulthood. Play is voluntary and imaginative, appearing in many forms, from physical games with structured rules to language games, sports, improvised collaboration, and fantasy play. Whether simply expressing exuberant joy at life, developing particular physical and mental skills, exploring social boundaries and relationships, or providing an outlet for normally restricted behaviors, play is a crucial part of human development. We suffer as children if our unstructured play time is limited, and we suffer as adults if we ignore this crucial expression of our human experience.

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Stuart Brown: Play Is More than Fun

A pioneer in research on play, Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults—and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.

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Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity

In Embrace Your Weird, New York Times bestselling author, producer, actress, TV writer, and award-winning web series creator, Felicia Day takes you on a journey to find, rekindle, or expand your creative passions.

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Play

Play has myriad payoffs and is more common in children than adults; however, adults can and do play, often to their own benefit.

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FindCenterYour problem is how you are going to spend this one and precious life you have been issued.

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Importance of Playtime for Adults | Jack Canfield

Scientific research shows that engaging in a recreational activity purely for the pleasure of it–whether it’s making art, playing games or sports, doing yoga or going for a walk in the woods–is essential for our mental and physical health and wellbeing.

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Well Played: The Ultimate Guide to Awakening Your Family’s Playful Spirit

From Today Show contributor, Meredith Sinclair, comes this ultimate resource for awakening your playful spirit, jumpstarting your relationships, and upping your happiness quotient. In our age of digital addiction, many of us have lost our ability to be spontaneous.

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In Defense of Play

The “elaborate detour” of having fun pays cognitive dividends.

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FindCenterYou must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.

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Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

We’ve all seen the happiness on the face of a child while playing in the school yard. Or the blissful abandon of a golden retriever racing across a lawn. This is the joy of play. By definition, play is purposeless, all-consuming, and fun. But as Dr.

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The Magical Child, an Excerpt

From the very instant of birth, says Joseph Chilton Pearce, the human child has only one concern: to learn all that there is to learn about the world.

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