Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Why do we grow out of having fun?

For most people, having fun involves doing something other than work, something that relieves stress or appeals to your inner child: playing golf, camping, going to the theater, dancing, playing with your pet, going out to dinner, even carving a pumpkin for Halloween would all qualify as “fun.”

Between careers, kids, families and other obligations, though, many people push aside fun as something that can be done later, after all of the “important” things are finished. Well, we’d like to suggest that having fun is one of the most important things you can do with your life, as according to an article in the Early Childhood Education Journal, adults need play to:

  • Satisfy a developmental need to experience your own creativity through self-expression.
  • Relax and experience competence, power and concentration
  • Experience a healing activity
  • Have fun and reduce stress
  • Learn through playing with the possibilities, being flexible, staying loose when things go wrong, being curious, thinking creatively and problem solving
  • Take initiative, make choices among possibilities, and act and interact

“Everyone is born with the natural ability to have fun. However, most of us lose touch with this natural ability as we mature into adulthood,” says Hale Dwoskin, CEO and director of training of Sedona Training Associates. “The access to this natural ability is based on two main things. The fact that children have fewer responsibilities and that children have not yet identified with or centered their lives around their “stories” -- their identities. Children live in the now and naturally let go. This results in the ability to have lots of fun with great ease. It is critical for adults to have fun as well, as this reminds us of that beautiful child within.”

Read the rest at www.sedona.com

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