Let’s go out and PLAY!

No one ever said on their deathbed ‘I wish I’d spent more time at the office.’ — Rabi Harold Kushner Americans are terrible at taking vacation days and each year we get worse and worse at taking time off – really. Time off is key to recharging your batteries, critical to maintaining a fresh perspectiveContinue reading “Let’s go out and PLAY!”

The Opposites Game

Furious/curious They rhyme, but they have opposite meanings. It’s very difficult to feel both emotions at the same time, and one is far more productive than the other. Seth Godin At Practice Playfulness, for the most part, we are not fans of ‘should.’ You should, he should, they should, we all should. We also tryContinue reading “The Opposites Game”

Play More. Exploit Less

Curiosity – It keeps us moving forward, exploring, experimenting, opening new doors. Walt Disney Early in the creation of Practice Playfulness we discussed how we are adults much longer than we are children. This became a cornerstone for our exploration of why play and playfulness could be as important if not more so for adultsContinue reading “Play More. Exploit Less”

Playfully Practice

“…..And allowing no answers, and just saying, you just have to observe it and be in wonder the whole time.” Amy Tan – Unintended Memoir As Seth Godin shares: “Creativity is the generous act of solving an interesting problem on behalf of someone else. It’s a chance to take emotional and intellectual risks with generosity.Continue reading “Playfully Practice”

Play On Words

The power of words is not a metaphor; it’s in our brain wiring…Other people’s words have a direct effect on your brain activity and your bodily systems, and your words have that same effect on other people. Whether you intend that effect is irrelevant. It’s how we’re wired.  Lisa Feldman Barrett PhD Words matter. THEYContinue reading “Play On Words”

Playing at Taxes (Really!)?

Nothing is certain except death and taxes Attributed to Benjamin Franklin For those of us in the U.S. taxes seem to be a most “certain” thing…. Why not make them Playful? Or, at a minimum, ease the stress and find a way to “Play” when gathering all the tiny bits of information that go intoContinue reading “Playing at Taxes (Really!)?”

Spend More Time Thinking Like A Playful Kid

We need to spend more time and effort as adults trying to think like kids. Erza Klein paraphrasing Alison Gopnik What do an Octopus, Kids, Adults, Play, and artificial intelligence have in common? Carve out time for “Why Adults Lose the ‘Beginner’s Mind’” and learn the answers. Trust us, it’s all about play. Crank upContinue reading “Spend More Time Thinking Like A Playful Kid”

Practicing Playfulness. As simple as Salmon and Rice.

It’s a prayer for her, for me, for you, for the whole world. I figure it’s a perfect time to pray for the whole world twice a day, morning and evening… Mandy Patinkin Ralph Waldo Emerson is quoted as saying “It is a happy talent to know how to play.” Talent (more often than not) takes practice.Continue reading “Practicing Playfulness. As simple as Salmon and Rice.”

The Sacred Activity of Free Play

Holiness and play always tend to overlap. So do poetic imagination and faith. Johan Huizinga There is much to learn on the value of play and playfulness for adults. In his formative work “Homo Ludens A Study of the Play-Element in Culture” Johan Huizinga explored ancient culture, mythology, ritual, contests, and humor around the theContinue reading “The Sacred Activity of Free Play”