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It's a renewable source of things we all just seem to love: life's little joys, charmed moments, and everyday epiphanies that strike a chord.
SPEL's also a happiness-enhancing strategy, a continual reminder to notice & relish ordinary, everyday experiences. (And luscious details matter.)
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Live Life Well
Being Part of Someone's First
Lovin' the Town You're With
How to Stop Saying Yes When You Mean No
The Nuptial Journey
(Reflections on 30 years of marriage)
Making Uncertainty an Ally
A Mulligan (Life's Second Chances)
The Kindness of a Stranger
When Nature Pulls a Fast One
Laugh Lines are Sexy
The Dalai Palma
Puddle Jumping in April Showers
(And how it can help us get more done)
The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.
The opposite of play isn’t work, it’s depression.
Dr. Stuart Brow
Creativity is the residue of time “wasted”.
THE STORY OF A
• When I’m taking my work or myself too seriously, play is the furthest thing from my mind.
• When I swap perspiration for inspiration, playing for play's sake feels like a colossal waste of “productive” time.
• When I carry the weight of the world, I can’t play—after all, there are places to go, people to see & crises to solve.
• When I’m ungrateful or worried or angry or scared, the last thing I want to do is play.
Here’s how I support the theory:
"An Amazing Life Story..."
It's easy to be heavy; hard to be light.
Who knew the ramifications of “to play or not to play” could run so deep?
Some people walk in the rain; others just get wet.
So, taking a cue from kids (& our furry friends) with their perpetual “now is the best time to play ever” attitude, let’s don our rain gear & get down to business.
Hop, sing (to no one and everyone) & get our Gene Kelly on.
Laugh. Leap. Or if you absolutely loathe getting your perfectly-styled hair wet, do the next best thing — watch someone else do it.
Yep, according to brainiacs in the know (aka neuroscientists) even staring at endearing images for 90 seconds a day sharpens focus & reduces error rate. Sure makes the case for watching this puddle-jumper in action.
So c’mon, find a way to fun-i-fy & add a little play to your day.
Get soaked. Get happy.
And let those rain drops drip from your nose.
When weather permits (no snow, no wind), my play practice is to toss a Frisbee around at a nearby park halfway through my work day. What is (or will be) your favorite way to carve time out to play?
Your response to People Who Inspire II was epic & I so appreciate the value you add to the discussion when you share your thoughts & feedback. It encouraged me (and Leighanne!) to know that her story not only touched your hearts, but also that you came away with a desire to do a little more each day to add to the healing of the world instead of its hurt. As did I.
It's Happy in Here (TM) (Series) | How to Be Happy: 22 Tips to Everyday Bliss by Cindy O'Krepki
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