Why You, as an Adult, Should Be Playing, Too!

In recent years there's been an extraordinary rise in the popularity of coloring books aimed at adults. Marketing efforts tout the relaxing and meditative effects of coloring, while critics scoff at it's childishness. But for some of us, the link to activities we engaged in as children decades ago is one of the selling points. Coloring was fun! And for many adults, it still is.

There's an opinion among some that "play" is silly when attributed to adults. But play goes by other names, as well - hobbies, sports, arts... any activity that "“offers a sense of engagement and pleasure, takes the player out of a sense of time and place, and the experience of doing it is more important than the outcome.” That's how psychiatrist Stuart Brown, defines play. As the founder of the National Institute of Play, Brown also says play is a basic human need that, as with children, helps adults learn new skills, fosters cooperation, and relieves stress. Here's one of his TED Talks on the subject.

So, break out that coloring book! Or put on some tunes and dance a little. Your health and intellect will thank you for it!