Playfulness is the lesser-known and under-appreciated antidote to unhappiness, boredom, and stuckness of life.
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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.
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.
As we become less rigid and constrained, our playful nature builds new, unexplored connections and makes us see possibilities we missed before.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Experts, who are skilled and are aware of their knowledge, tend to be more efficient in their handling of problems.
However, the skills, knowledge and expertise often turn into a handicap, a blindspot that makes the expert commit errors in certain situations where a more agile, fresh and innovative solution is required.
Our inner critic is usually formed in a system based on right and wrong answers and outperforming others on structured tasks. Listening to our inner critic will rarely improve our creative work - it may actually result in conformative work.
We need to turn this inner-critic into an inner-coach and drive our personal growth.
Whenever our inner child surfaces, we are told by society to grow up, throwing aside or killing childish things like innocence, wonder, awe, joy, sensitivity, and playfulness.
Most grown-ups don't realize that they are not grown-ups at all, but emotionally wounded children inhabiting adult bodies. And a wounded inner child is the root cause of bad relationships, bad career, and of the persistent negative emotions of fear, anxiety, insecurity, and inferiority.