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PICTURE IT WELL: Play it up in the New Year

Red Fox, © Curt Given/Given Photography Are you thinking about setting New Year's resolutions? Well here is one to consider.

Play more.

According to Dr. Stuart Brown, who is known for his extensive research on the importance of play and founder of the Institute for Play, there is a strong correlation between success and playful activities

In his book, Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul, Brown claims people who play are more creative. And he says playing is essential to

  • strong social skills
  • solving problems 
  • increased energy
  • intellectual and emotional growth.

The Institute for Play describes play for both animals and humans as "a universal training course and language of trust. The belief that one is safe with another being or in any situation is formed over time during regular play. Trust is the basis of intimacy, cooperation, creativity, successful work, and more."

So this year, why not take your cue from Dr. Stuart Brown and our animal friends and put a few play dates into your 2013 resolutions.

Are you all work and no play? What play ideas do you have for us? What do you think about Dr. Brown's research that shows the correlation between play and trust?

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Happy New Year! 


(Picture it Well are photographs that symbolize some aspect of personal wellness. The brief text is meant to inspire, get you thinking, and/or show you the healing power of nature.) 

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Reader Comments (4)

Ok you've got me thinking again! Do I ever schedule play? I get to play at work with kids all the time which I love but I don't really schedule play time for me. This is soooo important too!
Alright. . . I am going to schedule some true play dates. I'll let you know how it goes. . . . :)

January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Cruikshank

Love the post Becci. Great minds think alike don't they! I have a feeling that we all need to schedule more fun and play into our busy lives.

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Marie

Diane C., I love it when I get people thinking and look forward to hearing back on how you work play into your life. It's almost as if we need to give ourselves permission to play since many of us were raised with the mindset of all work and no play or get your work done before you can play. I'm wanting to mix things up a bit this year!

Diane Marie...thanks for commenting and for your insightful blog post on play...2013 is definitely a year for change and creative play is on the menu!

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