What is ‘Play’?

Play

verb

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


 The Benefits

 

Health

Play is beneficial for personal health.

Relationships

Play is beneficial for relationships.

Business Innovation

Play is beneficial for corporate innovation.

Learning

Play is beneficial for learning.

"You can learn more about a man in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."
- Plato
*Although it is popularly attributed to Plato, there is no conclusive evidence. It may be an iteration of a quote by author Richard Lindgard
"Children learn as they play. More importantly, in play, children learn how to learn"
- O. Fred Donaldson, martial arts master
"Play is not only our creative drive, it's a fundamental mode of learning."
- David Elkind, psychologist & author