Play – How Important is it in your life?

There is an old saying – Laughter is the spice of life.  What do you think, do you believe that?  Is that how you see it? There is another one – Laughter makes the world go round.  I like to believe that both these old sayings are true. When we laugh, it does bubble up inside us and releases a feel-good feeling that permeates throughout our body. And it really can be catching – so make sure you pass it on.  It’s much better to pass on laughter which creates good feelings than misery and pain, which don’t.

It’s interesting how the good feelings that arise from laughter, can be passed on. How, by even just smiling at someone can affect and change the atmosphere and mood of the conversation. Even if you are on the phone, try smiling when you are dealing with a difficult situation, or one that you feel tense about.  See what difference it makes.

In meditation, the instruction goes something like this. “When we feel an emotion, just notice the emotion, don’t dwell on it. Just observe the emotion and let it pass.” This is particularly helpful when we experience feelings of stress, or anxiety, or anger.  But when we feel happiness, when we laugh, let’s share it with the whole world around us.

Play is an important part of life, and something we tend to lose or grow out of as we get older. Children play with such gusto. But as we age we lose that natural sense of play and we become more serious. Life gets more challenging and we develop and create numerous responsibilities. At a time when we need our play even more, we abandon it. We turn our backs on it and believe it is just for the young, and something we’ve left far behind us.

So, what can we do about it?  How can we learn to play again?  Next week we will be looking at a number of tips and suggestions on how to re-learn to play.  Make sure you check out the Monday’s Motivation post.

I hope you find these tips helpful. I would love to hear what you think about my ideas, and anything else you have come up with. Tell me what you think by posting your comments below. Why don’t you Share this with your friends and family by clicking the Facebook icon or following us on Twitter?

About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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