When you think of the idea of “play”, what comes to mind? Video games? Kids? Sports?
What mostly comes to mind when I think of play is children. Much like the picture above, I imagine kids running around with abandon chasing a ball outdoors or finding 100 new ways to engage with the empty box in the recycling bin. Rarely, does anyone ever envision an adult. Gone are the days when our biggest problem/concern was how fast we could eat our lunch in order to have more time to play. Even though play time and aging seem inversely related as we get older, the importance of it to our health and happiness remains the same.
Here is why having some play time is good for you:
It relieves stress.
You ever wonder why people recommend going to the gym to relieve stress? A little chemical called endorphins is released and actually causes you to feel good. Overriding pain and stress, endorphins are a happy chemical.
That same chemical reaction is released when you’re playing games. That feeling of euphoria when you score a goal, complete a hard level of a video game, or make someone pick up 20 cards in UNO is because of our new found friend – endorphins.
Improve brain function – Hello STEM toys!
Another reason why having some play time is important is because it helps improve your brain function. Activities like Paper Punk are meant for you to have fun and be as creative as you can, but what you may not know, is that you’re actually using your STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematic) skills to do so.
By following the numerical pattern and folding each sheet, you end up creating a 3D geometric piece you didn’t even know was there. (Say hello to dimensional thinking skills and good old fashioned geometry!)
Classics like chess and Monopoly help improve your skills as well, but they may also lose you some friends. Not speaking from experience, of course.
Keep you feeling young and energetic.
Lastly, setting aside some time for play helps keep you young. Put down the anti-aging cream and pick up some board games.
We're believers in not only taking time out of your day for play, but also continuing to incorporate it into your everyday lives as you grow older.In all things, #MakeSomething.