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“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” George Bernard Shaw

(The Moon is in “playful” Leo today encouraging us to embrace our fun-loving, inner child.)

As adults, many of us sense that we’ve got this whole “time management thing” wrong: We work too much and play too little and then wonder with great angst, at the end of the day, why it is that we feel so plum out of whack? Maybe the reason is largely because we’ve been taught to view work as virtuous behavior, while play is perceived as something less – a more frivolous pursuit that we mainly do on the side to unwind when we’re not busy counting beans at the office.

Studies have shown the value of playful activities not only for children, but also for grown-ups. One health benefit, for instance, from playing or having fun is that it stimulates the body’s release of endorphins, the “feel-good” chemicals. So maybe George Bernard Shaw was really onto something: Perhaps play is, indeed, the great miracle drug that we’ve all been searching for that can keep us forever young and a vibrant, energetic dance partner with life! And that it should also be put on equal par with work as something that we need to include in our daily life, especially as a way to help us stay creatively engaged in the moment.

What kind of work would be play to you?

Patrice Thompson

Running Into Water

Copyright 2014

Source Notes:

Running into water: http://www.freeimages.com/photo/1210553

Shaw: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/g/george_bernard_shaw.html

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