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» 7 Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

» 7 Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy | Playfulness | Scoop.it
Dr. Seuss are not just for kids. There is so much wisdom in them, here are 7 Life Lessons from Seuss' writings.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 25, 7:25 PM

Dr. Seuss had a way and still does of teaching great lessons.

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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
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Healing Practice: Laughter Really is Serious Medicine

Healing Practice: Laughter Really is Serious Medicine | Playfulness | Scoop.it

Laughter is a universal language that brings people together. Shared laughter breaks down barriers, builds trust, and creates connection. Laughter has the power to de-escalate conflict and bring about creative and flexible solutions to challenges. When we laugh, dopamine is released and opens up pathways in the brain that help us discover novel solutions. According to Ellen Weber and Jeane Segal, “humor and playful communication strengthen our relationships by triggering positive feelings and fostering emotional connection. 

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It's hard to laugh and be upset in the same moment. If we find something humorous, we find ourselves to be different. Jennifer has quite eloquently explained exactly how good laughing is for our bodies, minds, hearts and souls. Love it! Amy Fuller PhD

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Jennifer Hoffmaster Christian's curator insight, July 30, 2013 11:11 AM

Laughter is some of the best medicine for physical health, mental health, and relationships. Take a minute to add laughter to your day!

Betty Skeet's curator insight, May 14, 11:27 AM

Laughter is the best medicine...

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Princeton University - Video feature: 'The Psychology of Humor'

Princeton University - Video feature: 'The Psychology of Humor' | Playfulness | Scoop.it

Adam Mastroianni is serious about humor. He graduated in June with a degree from Princeton's psychology department, where he wrote his senior thesis on the psychology of humor.

He started working on his topic while a sophomore when he found an adviser, Susan Fiske. Fiske, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology, has said, "My only challenge in advising him is keeping up with him."

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30 Dr. Seuss Quotes That Can Change Your Life

30 Dr. Seuss Quotes That Can Change Your Life | Playfulness | Scoop.it

I think that most of us would agree that Dr. Seuss is awesome. Check out this infographic featuring 30 inspirational Dr. Seuss quotes 'that can change your life.' What do you think? 


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Betty Skeet's curator insight, March 11, 9:30 AM

Remember the wisdom of Dr Seuss? ;o)

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Parents, Encourage Your Kids to Play This Christmas | HFM | Houston Family Magazine

Parents, Encourage Your Kids to Play This Christmas | HFM | Houston Family Magazine | Playfulness | Scoop.it
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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, 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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Grins and Giggles: Get Your Laugh On with Kids - Spin-Doctor Parenting

Grins and Giggles: Get Your Laugh On with Kids - Spin-Doctor Parenting | Playfulness | Scoop.it

Got Jokes?

Q: How does a pig get to the hospital?

A: In a hambulance!

It's one of the many jokes I remember from my kids' younger days!  Laughter is a key ingredient to our health and happiness.  Belly-laughs provide "exercise for our insides"!  Laughing is one of my favorite things to do and I often end therapy sessions with kids with a joke (when appropriate)! 

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Keep your family healthy with laughter

Keep your family healthy with laughter | Playfulness | Scoop.it
It isn't a joke or an old wives' tale that laughter is the best medicine. Here are lots of health benefits from making laughter a regular part of your...
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Maria Teresa Frezet terapeuta olistica's curator insight, August 25, 2013 7:00 AM

I benefici della risata Sulla salute e sulle relazioni!

 

Possiamo ridere se abbiamo il cuore leggero e abbiamo il cuore piú leggero se accettiamo di vedere la vita da altre prospettive!

 

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Supporting your Child's Independent Play

Supporting your Child's Independent Play | Playfulness | Scoop.it
Janet Lansbury, early childhood educator, shares her insight on supporting our children's independent play, following a Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) approach of child-rearing.
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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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The Magic of a Smile | The Lundberg Company

The Magic of a Smile | The Lundberg Company | Playfulness | Scoop.it

When I was about twelve years old my Aunt Fern took me aside and gave me a tip about life that I have never forgotten. Usually aunts don’t take you aside and tell you to do something you’re already doing.  I must have been going around with a grumpy countenance to provoke such a specific counseling session.

“Smile,” she said, putting her arm around me. “Smile all the time, whenever you can

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Bonuses of smiling: makes us more attractive, is contagious, relieves stress, boosts immune system, relieves pain, and improves self esteem. 

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The Power of the Creative Arts

The Power of the Creative Arts | Playfulness | Scoop.it

A recent analysis of past studies highlights the health benefits of music, dance, and art therapy.

 

On the whole, people with cancer who were assigned to creative arts treatments reported less depression, anxiety, and pain and a better quality of life during the programs than those who were put on a wait list or continued receiving usual care. For example, in one 2010 study, listening to half an hour of familiar music cut reported pain levels at least in half for 42 percent of hospitalized patients, while just eight percent of those in a comparison group saw relief.


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Jeff Hairston's curator insight, October 7, 2013 3:21 AM

I've experienced significant healing via artistic creativity.

It works.

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60 Tiny Love Stories to Make You Smile

60 Tiny Love Stories to Make You Smile | Playfulness | Scoop.it

Here’s a selection of 60 tiny love stories recently submitted to our sister site, Makes Me Think, that not only made us think, but warmed our hearts and made us smile too.  We hope they do the same for you.

Today, my 75-year-old grandpa who has been blind from cataracts for almost 15 years said to me, “Your grandma is just the most beautiful thing, isn’t she?” I paused for a second and said, “Yes she is. I bet you miss seeing that beauty on a daily basis.” “Sweety,” my grandpa said, “I still see her beauty every day. In fact, I see it more now than I used to when we were young.” MMT http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/11/20/60-tiny-love-stories-to-make-you-smile/


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Happiness Blueprint 's curator insight, May 28, 2013 5:20 PM

SO SWEET ! 

Jennifer Hoffmaster Christian's curator insight, July 30, 2013 11:12 AM

These are the most beautiful little love stories. I experienced tears of joy and gratitude for living in such a beautiful world.

Sheridan Morris's curator insight, December 9, 2013 4:18 AM

Plenty of stories to bring a smile to your dial. Take them a bite at a time! 

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7 Playful Ways to Teach Kids Manners

7 Playful Ways to Teach Kids Manners | Playfulness | Scoop.it
Yes, those good old p's and q's still matter--but teaching them calls for a creative approach. Read on for fun ways to get your kids schooled in the essentials of etiquette. You'll thank us!
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 26, 7:10 PM

Those two words, thank you, can mean so much when used authentically and kindly with children. They learn to be thankful as adults model appropriate behaviours. Play and education are inseparable.

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Life Lessons from the Play Therapy Room | Fuller Life Family Therapy

Life Lessons from the Play Therapy Room | Fuller Life Family Therapy | Playfulness | Scoop.it
How are we similar to children in our wants and needs? Learn how principles from the Play Therapy room can apply to adults to enhance healthy and happy living.

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Fuller Life Family Therapy's curator insight, April 16, 3:47 PM

Ever wondered if play therapy would be beneficial for your child or for someone else you know? This is a great article explaining how play therapy works and its benefits for children. 

Betty Skeet's curator insight, May 14, 11:24 AM

Applying what we can learn in the Play Therapy Room

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» 7 Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

» 7 Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy | Playfulness | Scoop.it
Dr. Seuss are not just for kids. There is so much wisdom in them, here are 7 Life Lessons from Seuss' writings.
Dr. Amy Fuller's insight:

Love this!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 25, 7:25 PM

Dr. Seuss had a way and still does of teaching great lessons.

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Playing Our Way to Wisdom

Playing Our Way to Wisdom | Playfulness | Scoop.it
Like meditation, after play the world looks brighter, clearer and more delightful.

 

After all, it's no accident that after meditating for a few hours, we spontaneously start to play. Animal biologists tell us that if a young animal is under stress, it won't play. But as soon as it starts to feel safe... well, let the games begin! Most of us modern humans have gotten the saber-toothed tigers and woolly mastodons under control. We experience chronic stress not because our lives are in any real danger but because we believe our incessant, neurotic thoughts (and let's face it, it's a jungle in there). So the most direct path to safety is to turn down the volume of our minds and arrive with all our awareness in the present moment -- where it's safe.

 

The present moment is, in fact, the only doorway to the playground. You can't get there from not here. And when we do get here the playground doors burst wide open and unleash our spontaneous free play. In short, when we're present we become wise and everything becomes play.

 
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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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Playing and Creating with Rocks - My Nearest And Dearest

Playing and Creating with Rocks - My Nearest And Dearest | Playfulness | Scoop.it
Simple ways that children and adults can play and create with rocks.
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How Einstein Thought: Fostering Combinatorial Creativity and Unconscious Connections

How Einstein Thought: Fostering Combinatorial Creativity and Unconscious Connections | Playfulness | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova

 

"For as long as I can remember — and certainly long before I had the term for it — I’ve believed that creativity is combinatorial: Alive and awake to the world, we amass a collection of cross-disciplinary building blocks — knowledge, memories, bits of information, sparks of inspiration, and other existing ideas — that we then combine and recombine, mostly unconsciously, into something “new.” 

 

"The concept, in fact, was perhaps best explained by Albert Einstein, who termed it “combinatory play.” (Einstein famously came up with some of his best scientific ideas during his violin breaks.) From his Ideas and Opinions (public library) — the same invaluable volume that gave us the beloved physicist’s timeless wisdom on kindness and our shared existence — comes Einstein’s single most succinct articulation of how his mind works, driven by this powerful combinatorial creativity. 

 


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Five Not-So-Obvious Propositions About Play

Five Not-So-Obvious Propositions About Play | Playfulness | Scoop.it
Play is about process, not product. It has no goal other than itself. If you're keeping score -- in fact, if you're competing at all -- then what you're doing isn't play.
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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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Top Summer Games and Activities for Kids

Top Summer Games and Activities for Kids | Playfulness | Scoop.it
Summertime fun comes in all shapes and sizes. Whether at home or at the beach, try these games and activities to make a summer day special.
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Parents' anxieties keep children playing indoors

Parents' anxieties keep children playing indoors | Playfulness | Scoop.it
Half of adults played outside at least seven times a week when they were growing up - but less than a quarter of children are allowed as much freedom today. Yet two in five youngsters say they are desperate to spend more time outside.

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The importance of outdoor play...

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, August 7, 2013 4:44 AM

Not true in our neighborhood, there are quite a few kids running around here all the time. But the park isn't always as busy as you'd think. I wonder if too much TV and videos/computer time is keeping them inside more than fear?? 

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Fixing Relationship Problems with Humor: Using Laughter and Play in Relationships

Fixing Relationship Problems with Humor: Using Laughter and Play in Relationships | Playfulness | Scoop.it
How humor, laughter, and play can be powerful tools in building and maintaining successful relationships.

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Jennifer Hoffmaster Christian's curator insight, July 23, 2013 7:18 PM
Fun and healing ways to increase intimacy in relationships with humor.