The first chapter in FreeLark (subtitled, The New Attitude of Financial Freedom) is about play. That should really tell you something about the perspective of the book. I cherish play, silliness, laughter, and most of all laughing at myself. I find that my relationships, work and other experiences are greatly enhanced after a little kitchen dance party or a visit to pleated-Jeans.com . So I wanted to research play and how it affects our productivity as well as our overall emotional and physical well-being.  

One of the first things that surprised me, and that I discuss in greater detail in the book, is that we all have our own play personalities. Events and activities that we might not ordinarily categorize as “play” actually enrich our lives in a positive way and deserve to be recognized as such.   To give you an example, I volunteer in and coordinate many community events and activities. More than one person in my life has asked me why I do this so much and “I don’t know, I like it” has always been my response.  In researching play for my book I discovered that a big element of my own play personality is coordinating and conducting. Welp… there you go, for me volunteering and coordinating is quite literally play.

We invest a huge amount of our personal resources into the advancement of earning and achieving. How might changing our perspective on play change our lives? When we better understand its role and value in our lives, we find ourselves playing more and reaping the rewards of play.  

It should come as no surprise that my research also supports the notion that play is something we should all be doing more of! Play is a catalyst for change and positivity, and a presence hack. It boosts our productivity and enhances our sense of happiness. It reduces stress, inspires creativity and builds healthy relationships. Why is it that when we become adults we do less, not more, of this amazing playing?

Stuart Brown M.D offers this wonderful Ted Talk on the importance of play and its natural presence in our development & prosperity as human beings.  FreeLark opens and closes with topics on play, I hope both will inspire you to make time for more play in your life!

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