Spark of Hope #120 – Taking time to play is significant to happiness. In fact, The National Institute for Play has made it their mission to examine the power of play for adults and children, organizations and schools, and create innovative products and services to help make it happen. NPR Radio dedicated a segment to discuss the reasons why play [should not] end in childhood. Psychologist Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek emphasizes “by abandoning play, we are abandoning an important part of ourselves.” Sitting is being called the new cancer. Our family doctor handed my 83-year-old father a simple yet powerful prescription this week; it said: move, move, move! There is a ball pit just for grown-ups in the United Kingdom. Laughter clubs in India provide a form of spiritual and physical exercise. Texas opened its first playground specifically designed for senior citizens. Two of the best-selling books on Amazing include adult coloring books. The U.S. News & World Health Report published “10 reasons play can make you healthy, happy, and more productive.” It is good for our brains. It teaches us to use our imaginations. The list goes on. Interestingly, one of the favorite workshop themes I deliver is called Play, Dream, Imagine! — and, it resonates with adults as much as children. How do you play?
Make a regular time to move, move, move!
Hope is like a spark; if the conditions are right, it can spread like wildfire. Hope feeds the soul, ignites passion, and inspires others. Tucked inside each of us is a child-like spark that says: never forget to dream, play and imagine. HOPE is the extraordinary spark that says Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday!