1. engage in an activity for enjoyment and recreation, rather than a serious or practical purpose.
This is the dictionary definition of play, but as countless studies have taught us, play is so much more. Play is essential, and not just for children. Through play, inhibitions are lowered and happiness abounds. Dr. Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play, says that play is a “state of being,” that it is “purposeless, fun and pleasurable.”
Dr. Stuart Brown’s “Play is more than just fun” TED Talk
*Although it is popularly attributed to Plato, there is no conclusive evidence. It may be an iteration of a quote by author Richard Lindgard