Dear UMass Student,
Wellbeing Wednesday Week Five: Be a Player.
I want you to hit the pause button. Go back in your mind’s eye, and picture yourself, as a little kid, having just a really good time playing. What were you doing? Who were you with? Was it at the shore, at the playground, in the basement? Put yourself back there and what do you feel? When was the last time you felt that? This week’s edition of Wellbeing Wednesday is all about PLAY and its critical role to our wellbeing.
“Go outside and play, and don’t come back until the street lights come on.” This was 1970s childrearing at its best. Our favorite game was conjured up no doubt from the depths of our childhood psyches, and we called it “nuns on the run” which entailed some strange game of chase that involved half of the team on bikes and half “nuns” who had to get to designated safe zones before being caught. It should not be a surprise that I became a psychologist.
According to the American Psychological Association play was critical for our development as children, but also benefits us as adults. Physical activity, imagination, and laughter are all good medicine. But as we become older often play slips off our agenda.