Play by Stuart Brown and Christopher Vaughan

It’s Christmas, which means things are busy. Posts may be a bit sporadic, but I’m still reading (and trying to finish up some reading challenges) so I’ll try to post when I can.

Subtitle: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

Published: 2009

Genre: nonfiction psychology

Length: 218 pages of text, 229 total

Interest: It’s been on my reading list so long, I can’t remember how it got there. Perhaps it was recommended reading from The Power of Play. For whatever reason I put it there, I read it now because it had a V author for my alphabet reading challenge.

Summary: The book is divided into two sections – the first is about what play is and why you should do it, the second is about how to incorporate play into your life. Play is something all animals do. Children play spontaneously, but we often lose that skill as an adult. The problem is, play still serves an important function – both for creativity and for joy in our life. Adults need to make an effort to be playful and remembering how they like to play. The benefits are numerous.

Final thoughts: I found this book to be highly informative and full of quotable lines I had to write down. The different play personalities were new to me (the joker, kinesthete, explorer, competitor, director, collector, artist/creator, and storyteller), but I could easily place myself as a kinesthete/explorer/artist/creator. If I don’t get outside and move regularly, I get cranky. It has inspired me to remember to be playful and not consider that time to be wasted. Hopefully, I can keep that attitude in mind.

I also enjoyed all the information about play in animals. Play is not uniquely human – it’s necessary to most living creatures. Most other animals stop playing when they are adults, but we don’t have to. In fact, we shouldn’t. This is a great book for everyone to read – I highly recommend it.

Title comes from: the topic of the book

Reading challenges fulfilled: 90/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge, and a V in my Author Alphabet Challenge

If you’re interested in purchasing the book, you can click on the cover image or subtitle to follow an Amazon affiliate link to the book and thanks for supporting my blog!

 

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