Play is a Necessity

Self-portrait.. playing alone is fun too! Corfu, Greece 2011 Photo by Eyoälha Baker

“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” – Kay Redfield Jamison Contemporary American professor of psychiatry

I love playing around, laughing and having fun. It feels really good and gives me more energy and more joy. It’s a big part of the reason why I love to do and take jumping photos.

I play well with others.. but have just as much fun playing on my own as well… I must look like a complete lunatic when I do jumping self portraits… balancing my little camera on what ever I can find, putting the timer on then running and jumping like a manic.. laughing and talking to myself as I run back to check if it worked. Yes, I have done this often and I love it.

I have been researching the importance of play. I feel it is a an essential aspect of my Jump for Joy! Photo Project. There has been a lot of research and evidence validating the importance of play in children’s social and learning development. This seems blatantly obvious to me and it almost seems silly to do research to prove it.. I also believe this to be true for adults.. so here is some scientific research facts to back up my love of play theory that the world needs more fun, more play and more joy! 🙂

According to an article called, Play, Creativity, and Lifelong Learning Why Play Matters For Both Kids and Adults written by authors: Gina Kemp, M.A., Melinda Smith, M.A., Bernie DeKoven, and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D. these are some of the main points on why we need to play and have fun more in everyday life:

– Play connects us to others
– Play fosters creativity, flexibility, and learning
– Play is an antidote to loneliness, isolation, anxiety, and depression
– Play teaches us perseverance
– Play makes us happy
– Play helps us develop and improve our social skills
– Play teaches us how to cooperate with others
– Mutual play can heal emotional wounds

They also write that, “Play is often described as a time when we feel most alive, yet we often take it for granted and may completely forget about it. But play isn’t a luxury – it’s a necessity. Play is as important to our physical and mental health as getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising.

Play teaches us how to manage and transform our “negative” emotions and experiences. It supercharges learning, helps us relieve stress, and connects us to others and the world around us. Play can also make work more productive and pleasurable.

Despite the power of play, somewhere between childhood and adulthood, many of us stop playing. We exchange play for work and responsibilities. When we do have some leisure time, we’re more likely to zone out in front of the TV or computer than to engage in creative, brain-stimulating play. By giving ourselves permission to play with the joyful abandon of childhood, we can continue to reap its benefits throughout life.” to read the entire article go here: Play, Creativity, and Lifelong Learning

I love it! More fun please.

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