"You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."  - Plato

"In this age of isolation due to social media and the internet, play with peers requires a fair bit of communication, arguably the most valuable social skill of all."  – Scientific American Mind

“Without play, adults may end up getting burned out from the hustle-bustle busyness that we all get involved in.  Adults who do not play may end up unhappy and exhausted without understanding why.  Play is like a kaleidoscope in that it is random and creative.  The bottom line is that play encourages flexibility and creativity.”      - Marc Bekoff, evolutionary biologist, University of Colorado Boulder

"Play, the frivolous, unimportant behavior with no apparent purpose, has earned new respect as biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and others see that play is serious business, and is perhaps equally important as other basic drives of sleep, rest and food."  - Joe L. Frost, University of Texas

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BENEFITS OF PLAY (It's scientific!)

“People who have fun on the job are more creative, more productive, better decision-makers, and get along better with co-workers.  They also have fewer absentee, late, and sick days than people who aren’t having fun.”  - Dr. David Abramis, Cal State Long Beach

“We do not quit playing because we grow old, we grow old because we quit playing.”
 ― Ben Franklin

“This is the real secret of life -- to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” ― Alan W. Watts, philosopher

"If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play."  – John Cleese, actor, writer

"Play is the answer to how anything new comes about."  - Jean Piaget, clinical psychologist

"A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.”  ― Anonymous (our most important contributor)

"Don’t be fooled, when it comes to peak performance and flow, play is non- negotiable. If we are hunting the highest version of ourselves, then we need to turn work into play and not the other way round." - Steven Kotter


"I learned long ago that when weighed down by serious matters, one may best be taken seriously be seeking out a certain lightheartedness as an expression of humility, optimism, and confidence on the road to the serious business of nurturing trust and leading others."  - Joel Peterson, JetBlue Airways


"Laughter releases many of the same neurochemicals as a good workout, resulting in a feeling akin to a "runner's high".  Beyond feeling similarly pleasurable, both also prime us for greater personal connection and resilience to stress." - Jennifer Aaker & Naomi Bagdonas, Humor, Seriously


"Laughter is good for thinking because when people laugh, it is easier for them to admit new ideas to their minds."  - the Dalai Lama


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