Play energizes us and enlivens us.
It eases our burdens.
It renews our natural sense of optimism
and opens us up to new possibilities.
Dr. Stuart Brown, MD
Dr. Stuart Brown is a psychiatrist who studies play. Yes, you read that right. He studies play at the National Institute for Play. I find his work interesting but was really surprised to learn that the lack of play can have serious impacts on a child’s development. Play teaches curiosity, exploration, social interaction and solo imagination.
Not only does he study it. He helped create a course, From Play To Innovation, that’s taught at Stanford. It’s part of the Spring 2018 course offerings. So if you didn’t think that play was important for an adult before, maybe you’ll take a psychiatrist seriously?
Check out his TED Talk below. Why You Should Take The Time To Play.
You can search for creativity, imagination or even play on my blog and find a lot of posts on this subject. Or you can start with this one: Use Your Imagination.