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.

Deep Play

With A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman let her free-ranging intellect loose on the natural world. Now in Deep Play she tackles the realm of creativity, by exploring one of the most essential aspects of our characters: the ability to play.

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.

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.

Playful Mindfulness: A Joyful Journey to Everyday Confidence, Calm, and Connection

Playful Mindfulness brings together wisdom from the worlds of mindfulness (paying attention to the present moment with curiosity and kindness) and improvisation (making life up courageously as you go along) so readers can find greater confidence, calm, and connection.

The Vein of Gold: A Journey to Your Creative Heart

In the Vein of Gold: A Journey to Your Creative Heart, Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, draws from her remarkable teaching experience to help readers reach out into ever-broadening creative horizons.

Magical Parent Magical Child: The Art of Joyful Parenting

This parenting guide presents seven principles for guiding and teaching children in today’s turbulent learning environment. It replaces traditional adult-child formulas, rewards, and punishments with playful interaction, creative intelligence, and insight.

The Outdoor Scientist: The Wonder of Observing the Natural World

What are the aerodynamics of skipping stones or the physics of making sandcastles? Do birds use GPS to navigate their migratory routes? In this book, Dr.

The Art of Play: Ignite Your Imagination to Unlock Insight, Healing, and Joy

At forty-two, Joan Stanford―a busy mother, innkeeper―discovered, to her surprise and delight, a creative process for insight and healing that allowed even her, a self-proclaimed “non-artist,” to start making art.

It’s Great to Suck at Something: The Unexpected Joy of Wiping Out and What It Can Teach Us About Patience, Resilience, and the Stuff that Really Matters

What if the secret to resilience and joy is the one thing we’ve been taught to avoid? When was the last time you tried something new? Something that won’t make you more productive, make you more money, or check anything off your to-do list? Something you’re really, really bad at, but that bro...

Magical Child

Magical Child, a classic work, profoundly questioned the current thinking on childbirth practices, parenting, and educating our children. Now its daring ideas about how Western society is damaging our children, and how we can better nurture them and ourselves, ring truer than ever.


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