Why is play so important?

Play, by its nature: is uniquely and intrinsically rewarding, generates optimism, seeks out novelty, makes perseverance fun, leads to mastery, gives the immune system a bounce, fosters empathy, promotes a sense of belonging and community, leads to more creative, adaptable workers and teams, and is a catalyst for learning at any age.  Playful communications and interactions, when nourished, produce a climate for easy connection and deepening, more rewarding relationship – true intimacy. Play shortage predicts:  impending health problems and personal fragility.  Here's play researcher Stuart Brown on the benefits of play-  

"Play is the vital essence of life.  It is what makes life lively." ~ Stuart Brown


Happier, healthier people use play all their life to become more productive, better parents, and require less health care.


Making play an important role in a relationship increases harmony and effectiveness of the relationship.


Current evidence suggests, that play optimizes learning. It is vital to infuse play into curricula and teacher education is vital.


Play-based approaches to managing work teams and projects have proven to dramatically increase the rate of innovation in work groups.

Content above courtesy of Stuart Brown, M.D., author of Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul (Avery-Penguin)