Are you playful?

I have enjoyed collecting rubber ducks.

I don’t have too many of them, but I do find myself buying one every now and then to add to this little grouping.

rubberducksThey don’t have a functional purpose, but they do carry a good reminder for me. This row of rubber ducks makes me smile and invites me to consider not taking life too seriously. They feel playful and remind me to choose playfulness somewhere each day.

I wonder what you have around your house or desk that reminds you to smile and approach the spaces you can with a little playfulness. There is a lot of heaviness and hardship in our world, on our news and in our lives. Find something that reminds you to bring lightness and joy into small spaces each day. Consider who would enjoy your light-hearted playfulness and invite them to join you.

Having time for play is as important for adults as it is for children — so make play part of your day! Here are 10 tips for being more playful:

  • Use the unscheduled time to be creative, to daydream, reflect and decompress
  • Appreciate playtime – whether it’s alone or with other adults or children
  • Smile and laugh often throughout the day
  • Try new things and experience the unexpected
  • Participate in a variety of arts/sports/activities whenever you can to expand your horizons
  • Make mental connections (e.g., “how else can I use this,” “what else can this do?”)
  • Sing and dance just for the fun of it
  • Spend time with the children in your life, observing them as they play, listening to their conversation, and following their train of thought
  • Cultivate a happy, joyful, positive attitude, full of gratitude for even the smallest, everyday things
  • Plan to make play a part of your day, whether it is indoor or outdoor, solo or social, active or quiet


by Kathleen Alfano View Bio