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Fun and The Importance of Play: Why Adults Need to Play, Too

Play Time Isn't Just For Kids...


Updated June 30, 2014

Fun and The Importance of Play: Why Adults Need to Play, Too

Get in touch with your inner child (or your current child) and have some fun!

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It’s important to your stress level and your happiness quotient that you have at least one activity that you do regularly just for fun. Hobbies and other fun activities provide a fun way to sharpen skills, express your creativity, or just blow off steam. Also, when you get really engrossed in an activity you enjoy, you can experience a state of being know as flow, in which your brain is in a near-meditative state, which has benefits for your for your body, mind and soul.

Hobbies and fun activities can bring added joy and happiness to life, and can be a great way to relieve stress as well. In fact, many hobbyists have told me that they’d originally started learning about their area of interest as a coping mechanism for stress, and that their hobbies continue to be a great source of relaxation and stress relief. Some people are even able to turn their hobbies into careers at some point, and end up with a lifestyle where their work is their play. The following resources can help you discover new potential hobbies that can also be great stress relievers. You’ll also find information on how to get started.

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