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The Importance of Play as an Adult

When we think of playing, we hark back to our childhood days of messing around on the beach, playing tag at recess, or spending hours with dolls or toys. However, we often fail to realize the importance of play as an adult.

As we grow older, we seem to lose that willingness to play.  We often give up play as adults for more serious pursuits such as our careers, our relationships, and our families—all of which are valid pursuits. However, the lack of play can actually be detrimental to our ability to lead others, maintain meaningful relationships, and parent our children.

In this episode of the Passion Struck podcast, John R. Miles talks about why adult play is vital to your mental and physical health as well as your spiritual growth. Peter Gray, a research professor of psychology at Boston College, says, “Play primarily evolved to teach children all kinds of skills, and its extension into adulthood may have helped to build cooperation and sharing among hunter-gathers beyond the level that would naturally exist in a dominance-seeking species.” In other words, for our earliest ancestors, play wasn’t just about adding fun to their lives, it may have been a way of keeping the peace, which was critical for survival.

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When you fail to play as an adult, you miss the opportunity to refresh, rejuvenate and revitalize yourself.

John R. Miles

On This Week’s Momentum Friday, John Discusses the Importance of Play as an Adult:

  • The benefits of play in children and its impact on their physical, mental, moral, and spirtual development.
  • Why the lack of adult play is actually detremental to our success in life.
  • Why play as an adult is an important means of reducing stress and contributing to overall well-being.
  • Why it is normal to feel uncomfortable at first finding what type of play brings you joy.
  • The benefits that play as an adult will have on your life.
  • Examples of famous people who conduct adult play that you may recognize.
  • How to start implementing play as an adult
  • and so much more!!!
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74 | Why Adult Play is Vital | John R Miles | Passion Struck Podcast
74 | Why Adult Play is Vital | John R Miles | Passion Struck Podcast

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