#033: You don't have to be a child again, but you can embrace the playful spirit of a child
Playfulness helps us to (re)frame everyday situations in a way such that we experience them as entertaining, intellectually stimulating or personally interesting.
It's Monday and the start of a new week. Are you rushing and efforting your way through this day?
If yes, today's newsletter hopefully acts as a helpful reminder to embrace the playful spirit of a child again as you go about your day.
Until next week,
An idea for you to consider
As children we embodied play.
On your way back home from school, you probably stopped every now and then and were in awe of the way a certain object looked or you were kicking around a pebble stone with your friends trying to explore for how long you can pass that pebble to each other.
Every moment could be filled and lightened up with your vivid imagination and you found a way to be intrigued by your environment.
Play is how we as children learnt and entertained ourselves.
But as adults, we seem to leave that childlike spirit of playfulness behind.
The pressures of adulthood, the responsibilities, and the need to be productive can often take over, leaving little room for play.
We rush through life, taking things too seriously, and forget to integrate play into our daily lives.
Doing so in the long run, life will inevitably feel dull and boring.
But what if we approached life with a more playful attitude?
Allowing ourselves to frame or reframe everyday situations in a way such that we experience them as entertaining, intellectually stimulating or personally interesting?
From an outside perspective our daily life would not look much different, but our internal experience of life will for sure be a different one that will lack attributes such as dull and boring.
Do you dare to embrace the playful spirit of a child again?
A quote for you to ponder
"The ideal form of work feels like play, but still accomplishes something useful and valuable.” - James Clear
An exercise for you to try this week
Take some time aside and follow the “Using playfulness in a new way” exercise for the next seven days.
According to a study on the stimulation of playfulness, the exercise is a tool to boost playfulness in your daily life and to increase satisfaction in your life.
Will you give it a try?
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