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 self-made routine and rigidity, taking life too seriously.
Ultimately, in this routine of work, responsibility and life's affairs, misery sets in, giving rise to boredom, depression, and stale relationships.
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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 needed mental break.
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 complex problems in our lives and just play for some time.
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 meditation.
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.
If we are not depressed, addicted to substances, or sad, we tend to have lesser relationship issues.
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.
As we become less rigid and constrained, our playful nature builds new, unexplored connections and makes us see possibilities we missed before.
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 of earning money.
Playfulness is the lesser-known and under-appreciated antidote to unhappiness, boredom, and stuckness of life.
Scientists take play seriously. For decades, psychologists, evolutionary biologists, and animal behaviorists, among others, have labored to understand the playful mind.
Schools and parents alike should give children the time and opportunity to find their personal play styles. Play should be voluntary and enjoyable, not part of a high-stakes child-improvement plan.
Being young is being curious. And most people become cynical and overly critical towards life as they grow older, and only a select few retain the wonder, innocence and joy of a child.
An adult's life consists of optimizing life using knowledge, mental models and practical shortcuts, a race towards better efficiency in everything. We stop asking the right questions, like the most common question a child asks: Why?
It is a myth that experts commit fewer errors than beginners. The Dunning-Kruger Effect states that people who are bad at something are often unaware of the fact, and are overestimating their performance.
There is an advantage in having a beginner’s mindset even as our skills and knowledge develop, something that is not available even to the experts.
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