Are you thinking about setting New Year's resolutions? Well here is one to consider.
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
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!
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