If you're one of the millions of Americans who believe that leisure time - that is, having fun - is a welcomed, but unnecessary, past time, think again. In fact, recent research indicates that adult playtime serves as far more than a stress reliever.
One of the best articles on this subject, The Power of Play, was written by Hara Estroff Marano.
For example, she describes the feelings of joy, relaxation, and abandonment most of us feel - or have felt - at the beach and our natural attraction to them.
Yet, she also says:
Despite our readiness to play, at the beach and other places, we Americans have a particularly deep ambivalence toward play. According to Cindy S. Aron, Ph.D., associate professor of history at the University of Virginia, Americans want to get out and play, and we do. Bet we have also created many ways that keep us connected to work.
If this sounds like you, or someone you know, you're sure to learn a great deal from this article.
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