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“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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Empathy at Home

Empathy at Home | Playfulness |
Five tips for how parents can start fun conversations at home about empathy
Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, July 29, 2013 1:33 PM

These suggestions are playful and engaging ways to be empathetic with kids with games like "walk in my shoes" and role playing games. from 

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Playing Well - Revealing the Alternative

Playing Well - Revealing the Alternative | Playfulness |
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. ...
Dr. Amy Fuller's insight:

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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