Play = happiness

play for life

As this week’s Theme Game (courtesy of The Reading Residence and Red Peffer) is all around the theme of ‘play’ I’m sure that I’ll be reading lots about the various ways in which children come to this activity: cars, dolls, tea parties; imaginative play; learning through play; game playing; team games; solitary play; softplay; outdoor play; physical play; mind games, wordplay…

And I could tell you about my children’s favourite forms of play, what I think they might have learned on the journey, or the kind of play I would like to encourage more of. But most interesting to me though is something I read on Wikipedia which states that, regardless if play is structured or unstructured both types “promote adaptive behaviours and mental states of happiness”.

And then I’m drawn back to that inevitable ponder on the nature of the urge to procreate and the thoughts that go through our minds when we project our future families into existence. Despite what the carefree, childfree might see as some dumb biological imperative that us brat-hoarders have mindlessly followed (sometimes into what may seem like sleep-deprived oblivion) we did actually make the decision to follow this path for a good reason: because we know, deep inside, that childhood was (or in the case of those less fortunate, should have been) the most amazing, wondrous time of our lives, and the vast majority of it was (or should have been) spent playing in one way or another. And we see that, as adults, we lose our ability to play in the untethered, imaginative and carefree way that children do. And maybe we hope that we can be allowed to recapture some of the magic of childhood through tagging along with our kids for the ride!

And this reminds me that maybe sometimes I need to stop observing and actually get down on the floor with my own rugrats and join in! What have I got lose! Happiness awaits…

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Redpeffer The Theme Game

13 thoughts on “Play = happiness

  1. I love that photo – very happy! I definitely think that we need to get on in there and play, too. For me, it;s the children’s books that I love, playing any games, dancing around, and I do find colouring in very relaxing. My husband is definitely enjoying their new train-set, and he loves a good kick-about with them, too, so yes, we love to play 🙂 Thanks for joining in with #TheThemeGame x

    • Its very laudable of you or anyone to get so involved in your children’s play when they are this young. I do wonder if I would have been more involved if I’d had a girl as I think girl’s do play differently and more thoughtfully and imaginatively to boys (well my boys at least!). Personally I’m looking forward to when they are a bit older and we can do things like “Go Ape” together – I did this with my brother in law and nieces when they were about 8 & 9 years old.

  2. Great photo and I know exactly what you mean about the sheer joy of playing unhindered by adult thoughts and responsibilities. It’s a tricky one to manage but taking our children as inspiration has much to be said for it I think. I do enjoy being silly with the children especially 🙂 Thank you for sharing with #TheTheneGame

  3. Love it! Very interesting the point you make about procrastinating. I’m SUCH a day dreamer and have always been happy in my own company since I was little (although I like company too, I might add!). I’m of the belief that if children are left to their own devices, they conjure so much magic in their play.

  4. Lovely photo! I admit to being the sort of parent that tries to recreate some of my more rose-tinted childhood memories, but they involve lots of outdoor play, imaginative play and books. And even if I’ve exaggerated how much fun I had as a child, I quite enjoy the process of introducing my children to it.

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