I found this blog post titled ‘6 Magic Tricks to Noticeably Increase Your Productivity (and Your Happiness)’ by Katherine Barr.
I wish she was in Vancouver to come and play with us.
Here is her point #6…
6. Play! This is central to living most fully and optimally
Be honest, Schulte asks, “How often do you allow yourself time to truly and deeply play?”
Dr. Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play says that, “Life without play can be a grinding, mechanical existence,” against which psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi recommends finding and creating “flashes of intense living against the background of everyday life.”
Schulte’s research reveals that human beings need to play; it enables creativity, innovation, learning, problem solving, resilience and happiness. In fact, “science is finding that play is central to being alive.” Sara Baysinger says that play reconnects people “with themselves, with others, and with the possibilities of the world.”
Taking care of your basic needs is important for play. Roger Mannell, a psychologist at the University of Waterloo, says that, “Consciously choosing meaningful leisure is the first step to reclaiming it.” He suggests that you think about what you really want to experience during your time off and write it down, which will increase the likelihood that it will actually happen.
Be creative with unstructured moments of free time–don’t just turn on the TV. Try to remember and revisit what made you happy while playing as a child.
Gigi Branch-Shaw, one of the original members of a group called Mice that offers unique “play” experiences for women, says, “Time seems different when you play.” And Stuart Brown explains that, “Active play is a state of being unlike anything else. It is timeless, like flow. As adults, play is what keeps our brains flexible.” Managers at Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Lab discovered that the best engineers were the most playful–taking clocks apart, building soapbox derby racers, and working with their hands.
Full post is at: http://www.inc.com/katherine-barr/6-magic-tricks-to-noticeably-increase-your-productivity-and-your-happiness.html