Life is vast. Life is complex. Life is sublime. To sail through the complexities of life we always need quality time. In all these hurdles, obstacles of life playing keeps us alive, young. It plays the vital part in our life. Without it life becomes dull, boring.
Play makes us feel enthusiastic about life. When we talk about play the words like revitalization, freshness, rejuvenation comes to our mind. Playing is something that while doing it we find ourselves away from all the hindrances, obstructions and obstacles of life.
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Definition of play in today’s world
Play has been an integral part of human life as playing gives us enthusiasm to enjoy life. The type of play we used to play has been changed throughout the time, but playing has been still a significant part of our life.
The type of playing we used to play included jumping around, hopping and the play which children used to play without any goal or motive just for fun every day. That kind of playing were called free play without observation of anyone. Free plays were unorganized.
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In today’s modern world the cities have become more crowded, the people have become more career oriented, the safety has become a concerning issue and time has been of limited source. Nowadays play includes art lesson, music lesson, sports coaching etc. that boosts confidence and enhances social skills.
The type of playing is no more of free play because it is not about only fun but also about taking steps towards goal. Parents are also preferring this kind of play over free play because it involves physical goods with mental and practical benefits and safety of children.
Play in our modernized world has no age limit. Almost all age group are involved in play.
“Play is the highest form of research” – Albert Einstein
Play as an integral part of childhood
“Play is so integral to childhood that a child who does not have the opportunities to play is cut off from a major portion of childhood.”
As we have mentioned earlier that play holds an important key factor in a child’s life and play no more involves free play. Play with motive is good but free play shapes a child in way more than we can imagine.
Children should indulge free play as it makes them more imaginative, innovative without any pressure and improves brain function as children think, interact, meet, laugh with each other. Playing improves the power to focus.
Playing ameliorates the learning process of a child as it involves most of the brain work with an enjoyable environment. By playing children learn. In our modernized world parents think that education should be the highest priority for their children.
In this cut throat competitive world, they are forgetting the fact that play is the practical way of learning. In a recent study it is found that kids do better learn while they have given recess. Play enhances emotional growth and makes more sociable. It is the main factor for building self-esteem and self-confidence.
“Do not keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play” – Plato
Importance of play for an Adult
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
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The above saying holds the truth as most people think that playing is only for children and there should be age limit to play. It is also true that play is a work of child. In our hectic environment to feel young and alive we should bring the child among ourselves. Play makes us enthusiastic and lively by bringing the child in us.
As an adult, people stick to television sets or smartphones to relieve stress. But this is the worst way to relieve ourselves from hectic environment and to have a healthy body as our body needs movement and mind needs cheerfulness. Play is the best way for relaxation and enjoying yourself free from all work and tight schedule.
Playing improves the productivity in work as it stimulates the brain function and builds emotional growth. It is found that most of the companies are also introducing leisure time and indoor plays for their employees.
Play as a key factor for sound health
“A sound mind resides in a sound body.”
A person needs strong body and mind to fulfill the purpose of life. A mentally or physically weak person cannot achieve the goal in life. Life becomes burden for a sick person. Wealth or power cannot make a person happy without mental or physical well being.
Playing increases the power of concentration and tolerance. Playing relieves stress which makes us mentally strong. It builds the immune system strong resistance to diseases.
People do intense workouts to have a sound body. Instead of doing intense workouts playing is far better as it involves pure fun and creativity. As we live in a world of tightly scheduled, workaholic environment to feel stressed and feverish is unavoidable. Playing enhances the ability to withstand the pain.
Playing vital for social and emotional growth
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”
As human beings are called social beings, we cannot live without being sociable or to live alone. So, it is important for us to be amiable with others. Playing involves activities like meeting, sharing, trusting, interacting, laughing with each other. Be it a child or an adult everyone needs to play as it
involves the above activities which are the main factors for social growth. Fun, laughing, sharing activities makes the relationship bonds stronger. A playful and friendly nature helps to make new friends, to build business relationships. Playing in groups is a practical fun way of group activities which teaches us how to coordinate and leadership qualities.
“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant.”
Life is not all about work and commitments, it is about enjoying yourself. Playing is something that always reminds us the innocence of childhood. While playing we totally feel ourselves. So, be it a person of any age group it is important not to quit playing as we know it is a happy talent.