When I searched for images for this post, a huge majority of them featured children or dogs. I wondered when “play” became a concept only for kids and pets.
Why be more Playful?
Being a grown up can get really serious right. One day we woke up and found ourselves with responsibilities. HUGE responsibilities. Like raising children, paying bills, study, career, maintaining healthy relationships, trying to stay fit and eat well. CRAZY serious stuff!
Regardless of these, we still feel young inside and wonder when we lost our zest for life.
Playing keeps us young, it encourages laughter which is great for your health, and it lightens the mood.
We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing – George Bernard Shaw
That being said, here are my 7 Tips for being more Playful
1. Wear fun clothes
Try wearing vibrant colours, patterns and styles you don’t usually choose, or mix colours you usually avoid combining. I have a friend who wears colours together that I would never dream of pairing. Incidentally she is also one of the most fun people I know!
If you must stick to black and grey, wear some bright fun accessories.
2. Dance and Sing
Do silly dance moves in front of your kids. If they’re older than 9 they will likely cringe, which makes it even more fun.
3. Stop caring what people think
It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring – Marilyn Monroe
4. Observe children and copy them
Get in the pool, ride bikes, make a blanket fort. I know, dinner’s not going to cook itself, but it won’t kill your kids to feed them fish fingers occasionally.
5. Goof off sometimes
Okay, there is a fine line where it becomes unproductive. We probably took a flying leap across that line sometimes. Be a tad sensible here.
6. Make art
Think about everyday things you do and add a creative flair to it. The way you do your hair, the way you answer the phone, the way you plate your food. Life is art.
7. Spend money on experiences
It needn’t cost hundreds of dollars though. Buy a second hand tent and camp on the beach for a night.
Take every opportunity to play, laugh and be joyful. These are my ideas and things that make me happy. Your list could have 7 completely different tips. I’d love to know how you add play to your life!.