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Playing Games is good

Playing Games is good

Adults who demonstrate more playful personality traits are more motivated, creative, and spontaneous. There have even been links between people with more playful characteristics having lower blood pressure. While less playful people struggle in their leisure time to relax and often feel bored when their minds are not preoccupied, those that are more playfully inclined are aware of new opportunities and open to trying a wider variety of activities.


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Rene Proyer

Playfulness should be viewed as a skill that can be developed, harnessed and used for mindfulness.



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Start by observing

Proyer suggests listing three moments at the end of every day where something spontaneous happened. It could be a funny interaction with a stranger while getting your coffee or a joke shared with your colleague. This will help you to begin to feel confident in being playful and make you more aware of joy in your everyday life.


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Socially acceptable excuses

Socially acceptable excuses

Do not be afraid to find fun in something not normally associated with adults.

In order for adults to engage in playful activities guilt-free, they can come prepared with socially acceptable "excuses". Eg: The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People by Emma Farrarons which aims to make the embarrassing act of adult colouring socially acceptable when associated with the "alibi" of it being therapy for successful people.


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Video Game as Adult therapy

Video Game as Adult therapy

While some adults might feel the need to hide their playfulness, the market for video games and mobile gaming among adults has boomed in recent years.

The mental health benefits of playing video games down to achieving a state of "flow".

The optimal experience when nothing else matters and is also experienced by athletes and sportspeople when they are in the zone. Playing to find the flow state can provide an enjoyable challenge and distraction from mental health issues, meaning the player can work on their wellbeing without feeling pressured to improve.


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