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7 Psychological Benefits of Playfulness for Adults
We all know how important play is for children, but the benefits of playfulness are arguably even bigger for adults. See, a common theme across most forms of adult unhappiness is rigidity. For all our fancy educational attainments, steady careers, and big vocabularies, we adults tend to get stuck in our ways, often to our own long-term detriment.

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Growing Up

As we get educated and become adults, we get tied up in our accomplishments and careers, following the generally accepted ways of living and behaving in society. We become stuck in a sel...

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Playfulness

Playfulness is the lesser-known and under-appreciated antidote to unhappiness, boredom, and stuckness of life.

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Trumping Anxiety

Playfulness outcompetes worry and anxiety.

Most people find it hard to worry less, so the way out is to find something playful to do, a distraction or a hobby, or get into mindfulness meditat...

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Playfulness And Freedom

As we become less rigid and constrained, our playful nature builds new, unexplored connections and makes us see possibilities we missed before.

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Better Relations

Playfulness is associated with being childish or superficial, which is a myth. A playful person tends to be vulnerable and intimate, resulting in better relationships. 

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Playfulness And Stress

Playfulness works as good as deep breathing or mindfulness meditation to remove any stress you may have.

We need to stop exhausting our brain analyzing, judging, comparing, and solving com...

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Playfulness And Creative Thinking

We become smarter and more creative as we get more playful, as we start to think flexibly and outside the box.

Games and certain exercises that jog our brain in creative ways gives us a much ...

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Develop and Harness New Skills

If we are working towards developing a new skill, like learning to play the guitar, or a new language, it helps to turn it into a playful game.

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Playfulness In Your Identity

As we play games, learn new skills and meet new people, refining our work and focusing our energy positively, we start to nurture and build our identity, resulting in diversification and new ways o...

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