Some days are just bad days when we wish we could give up this whole adult charade, go to recess, and get back to when times were a bit simpler.

eenie meenieAmen.

Life seems to get too serious as an adult, more responsibilities mean more worries, more stress, and more body aches.

I’ve spoken to hundreds of people about this exact issue and posed the question: “What does play mean to you?” Sadly, often the response is a blank look, as if the term “play” is a foreign word.

Then I ask them to remember what play was like when they were kids. Many people remember play as an unstructured time where they were engaged in something interesting, enjoyable and satisfying.

Even just this reflection can begin to rekindle the flames of play.  You can try it out right now to see what I mean.

If, like me, at times you feel like giving up on adulthood, then I ask you, “What would the days, weeks and months ahead be like if there was more of unstructured, playful appointments with yourself in your life?”

Are you doubting that play leads to resiliency and happiness? Consider this:

Statistics show that the more negative our attitude is, the more likely we are to experience negative things in life. A sort of self-fulfilling prophecy.

Conversely, when we believe something is going to work well, it tends to have in impact on our perception of it working….and it works (placebo effect)!

Go ahead, take a moment to recall what play was like for you as a kid and as you do it bring mindfulness to the quality of the experience in your mind, body, and emotions. Consider the elements of play: were you with other people, by yourself, were you inside or outside, were you building things or drawing things?

How do the elements of play for you as a child translate to play as an adult?

Take moments when you officially resign from adulthood and step into play. It’s good brain fuel!



Author of Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion