Benefits of “Play”
What Are The Benefits of Play?
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
-George Bernard Shaw
We all need “play” in our lives.
Everybody plays when they are young. If you watch puppies and kittens – and their wild-world counterparts, you’ll see that they all play. Yes – even birds.
For young animals, play helps them refine the skills they’ll need as adults. But they enjoy play, as well.
It’s the same with human beings. Kids love to play, and adults that keep a “playful” attitude will be happier and healthier.
These days, most kids seem to spend their time playing indoors, with computer games that don’t enhance their social or motor skills. Going outside, interacting with others and playing a fun game all help re-energize the body and the brain.
We feel that the best teacher on the “power of play” is Dr. Stuart Brown, the founder of the National Institute of Play. His book, Play is a must read for anyone wanting to have more playful experiences.