Don’t Forget to Play

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It’s good to see so many people have discovered something I’ve known for years. Coloring is a great way to relax. There have been numerous stories about the popularity of adult coloring books thisĀ past year, and if you check the current list of best selling books on Amazon, you’ll find that half of the top twenty titles are adult coloring books.

As a college student, instead of spending all my time buried in textbooks at the end of every semester, I’d go to the store and buy coloring books and crayons and then devote as much time to coloring as to studying. After their initial surprise subsided, others joined in the coloring breaks providing much needed stress relief during exam week.

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While all of the attention has focused on adults coloring, there are plenty of ways to bring play back into your life.

  • Build a snowman or sand castle (pretty popular this weekend)
  • Toss a frisbee
  • Play with a pet
  • Go to a playground and swing
  • Play a board game
  • Ride a bike

It’s so easy to get in the habit of zoning out in front of the television or computer screen, but participating in play helps you forget about work and other adult responsibilities. Play fuels your imagination and relieves stress. It can even help you connect with others and be more energetic.

Who wouldn’t want to swing on one of these?

Recognizing the benefits of play, the city of Boston built a playground especially for adults with glow-in-the-dark swings, corn hole, ping pong, bocce and a giant Jenga. What a great idea!

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” George Bernard Shaw

Stay young and make time to play.

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Mom