Playfulness
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Playfulness
“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at PLAY.”
― Charles Schaefer
Curated by Dr. Amy Fuller
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Fun doesn't have to be expensive: No-cost activities for children with active minds and bodies

Fun doesn't have to be expensive: No-cost activities for children with active minds and bodies | Playfulness | Scoop.it
It can be difficult to find a form of entertainment for active children, who often become bored with their surroundings. Here are some free activities...
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Betty Skeet's curator insight, March 11, 2014 9:29 AM

With a playful attitude you don@t need a fortune to have fun.

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Days of Play and Healing | World Vision U.S. Programs

Days of Play and Healing | World Vision U.S. Programs | Playfulness | Scoop.it
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
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Play therapy helps kids after Oklahoma tornado. 

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» The Peacable Home: Cooperative Games

» The Peacable Home: Cooperative Games | Playfulness | Scoop.it

Then I discovered cooperative games.  As the name suggests cooperative games involve all the players working together to achieve an end goal, supporting each other, working as a team and hopefully bonding in the process.  The games themselves have a built in ‘opposition’ which might be racing against the night or the weather, but the participants themselves must all work cohesively in order to be successful and ‘win’.

These games have been a huge blessing in our house, giving us hours of co-operative fun and underscoring the values I hope to instill in my boys; kindness, cooperation and teamwork.  Rather than rejoicing in each other’s failures we can only be successful if we work as a team, just like in real life!

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Cooperation is so much better for our brains than competition!

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Spirituality & Practice: E-Courses: Practicing Spirituality through Creativity

Spirituality & Practice: E-Courses: Practicing Spirituality through Creativity | Playfulness | Scoop.it
A 40-part email course for those who want to discover and express their creativity through spiritual practices.
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Laughter is the Best Medicine: The Health Benefits of Humor

Laughter is the Best Medicine: The Health Benefits of Humor | Playfulness | Scoop.it
Learn how to harness the powerful health benefits of laughter and humor.


Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use

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TY Jennifer Christian and @4afullerlife! 

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It's not the miles, it's how you live them

Just a little reminder that every second on earth is an opportunity to live life to its fullest. Brought to you by Volkswagen.
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A delightful 30 second video of people laughing from young to old. It will definetly make you smile if not chuckle yourself. 

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Child's Play: How Physical Activity May Impact Kids' Brains

Child's Play: How Physical Activity May Impact Kids' Brains | Playfulness | Scoop.it
Physical activity may kick-start kids' brains and help them stay focused at school. BOKS is a program created by Massachusetts moms to help kids get active.

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Free play and physical activity are so important..."exercise improves concentration, decreases impulsivity, improves the ability for the memory system, and raises motivation,”

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Good Old-Fashioned Playtime

Good Old-Fashioned Playtime | Playfulness | Scoop.it
15 ways to bring back the art of having fun (without any electronic thingamajigs).
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Play like our grandparents did it...

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What is Play Therapy?

What is Play Therapy? | Playfulness | Scoop.it

Ever noticed how part of your inner self comes out when you write a story, poem or song?  Have you ever seen your inside reflected in a drawing, painting, or structure you created?  Well, that’s kinda how play therapy works.  Instead of talking out their concerns, children use toys and playful activities to gain understanding, process problematic issues and learn coping strategies.  Play therapy uses the natural communication of play in the therapeutic relationship to accept, respect and understand clients.

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the play between

the play between | Playfulness | Scoop.it

I watched my son-in-law play with my grandchildren, wrestle with my grandchildren. And he, like a truly professional wrestler, filled with feigned fury, holding them all the while lightly, essional wrestler, filled with feigned fury, holding them all the while lightly, keeping them safe in his strong arms, always leaving them room.

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"This how I like to play with everything, with everyone. Leaving room. Leaving play between us. Play in the touch, in the reach. Connecting loosely, holding loosely. Because it is the play that we leave between each other, the play between, that the truth of us reveals itself to us. Not in the holding. Not in the letting go. But in the keeping safe.


It’s a fine art, this playing between."

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The cognitive benefits of play: Effects on the learning brain

The cognitive benefits of play: Effects on the learning brain | Playfulness | Scoop.it
What are the cognitive benefits of play? Read what scientific studies reveal about play and the developing brain.
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Playing Well - Revealing the Alternative

Playing Well - Revealing the Alternative | Playfulness | Scoop.it
We experience the alternative every time we play together. It doesn't matter what we play. It's in the "playing together" part that the world as it could be, the world as it should be is revealed. ...
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We experience it as fun, exciting, memorable. But, because it’s a game, we don’t see it as anything else. There we were, together, sharing community, freedom, health, joy, excellence, actually playing together, and playing particularly well. And five minutes before, we were sharing something else entirely: alienation, isolation, mistrust, anonymity, anxiety.  

from DeepFun by Bernard DeKoven


When we bring a sense of playfulness to any scenario we are creating a potential alternate reality with the power to alter the relational experience, even with ourselves. A bit of humor, from a gentle smile to raw scarcasm, can shift the energy of the room in a moment. Playfulness is healing for parenting, marriage and friendship.


Those of us earning a living by promoting "mental health" (no longer called mental illness) spend a lot of time talking and thinking about wellness. Playing well in our lives bridges the concept of wellness to a whole new level. Thanks Bernard DeKoven

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