Real Play

Play is oxygen for the soul!  It’s not just for children, it’s for us adults.  Silliness and levity are necessary ingredients for our soul and researchers are filling in the data points to prove that this is so.  Even Plato understands the importance and insight of play.  He said: “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”  Right on, Plato!  Play does tell us a great deal about people.  Let’s hear it for fun!   

Listen in as Lee Ann discusses a final strategy for moving through difficult and unstable times.  While this will be the last in the series, Hooray in Tough Times, this doesn’t mean that I don’t have more to say about living through difficulty! There are plenty of episodes lined up for Hooray Weekly.  We have so much to discuss!

Notes and Resources

National Institute for Play–The National Institute for Play is a 501c(3) non-profit public benefit corporation committed to bringing the unrealized knowledge, practices and benefits of play into public life.

Dr. René Proyer–Positive psychology expert, teaching and researching at the University of Zurich

Dr. Lynn Barnett–Playfulness expert from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Here are some Real Play ideas…digital-free, that is!

About the Author Lee Ann Hopkins

"Smile and the world smiles with you." That's the motto she lives by. Lee Ann is perfectly imperfect and unabashed about it even as she strives for higher and "better" every day. Both her can-do and her foibles are as fabulous as her smile. So take a moment and breathe in Lee Ann's "hooray" for today! Ms. Hopkins is host of the podcast Hooray Weekly, founder of The Hooray Daily and Hooray Living, a speaker, writer and do-gooder, who believe-it-or-not has been a public-interest attorney and clergywoman for longer than she cares to admit. Check out her books, You Are All That: Creating a Great Life with Affirmations, and Hooray for You: 365 Get-Up-and-Go-Go Quotes for Your Year. When you write her, send along a clergy and attorney joke. She loves 'em!

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