Come and Play!

What does Bert & Ernie and Big Bird and a very big polar bear and a husky dog have in common?
You’ll find out in this episode!

photo by Brittany Semeniuk

photo by Brittany Semeniuk

After listening, I hope you’ll consider a few questions:

How playful am I?
Do the people I love most know how to play?
What can I do to invite playfulness into my home, family and life?

National Public Radio (NPR) recently invited the Muppets from Sesame Street into their studios—as interns—see the video below—if NPR can make room for this kind of playful FUN, so can we! It turns out that taking a playful stance, even in the face of imminent danger is a very good idea.

CLICK Here to read more about the Muppets as they explored the iconic Tiny Desk, finessed their way into NPR's news booth, created their own rendition of "All Things Considered", and tackled the responsibilities of being an intern across multiple divisions in a multimedia organization.

I love studying the topic of play, because I strongly believe in its power to enhance curiosity, creativity, learning, happiness and health. We all play differently at different times and for different reasons, but play is the beginning of attachment, connection and belonging—whether it’s movement, object, social, imaginative, narrative or creative play. Our innate playfulness is realized when we are fully present and responsive to the world around us—when the opportunity to experience a moment becomes more important than worrying what other people might think or say or do.

We are most alive and most generous when we are playful. 

If we only let our selves out to play we would rediscover our selves and reunite with the world. If we only remembered to have fun, the whole world would become our playground. I understand that there are times when, simply because we don’t let our selves out, we hurt our very own children, our very own lovers, our students, our colleagues, our pets, the people who love us. Not intentionally. Not maliciously. But simply because we’re inside, somewhere safe. Not because we want to stay inside. But because we’re afraid to come out.
— Bernie DeKoven, The Playful Path

Learn more about the FREE ebook, A Playful Path, by Bernard DeKoven

Watch Dr. Stuart Brown’s TED talk HERE.

Learn more about my playful and very  Happy Planner  by clicking on this image, and let me know your thoughts and hear your success as you practice Random Acts of Playfulness 😀😀😀

Learn more about my playful and very Happy Planner by clicking on this image, and let me know your thoughts and hear your success as you practice Random Acts of Playfulness 😀😀😀