Entries tagged with “Play”

5 Ways to Engage in Beneficial "Body Play"

Don’t think of exercise as a chore; instead, think of it as “body play.” Here are a few ideas to get you started on shifting that mindset, and making exercise more joyful: 1. Be l…

Dance for Health, Dance for Healing

In dancing, you will free up hidden wisdom within you.

Eight Golden Rules for Playing Your Best Tennis

Sally Huss, a Wimbledon semi-finalist and a national champion in her age group, has taught her own brand of Zen tennis. But she is best known as the “artist of happiness,” with che…

Field of Dreams

Some guys buy a sports car, have an affair, or get a tattoo …

God is Everywhere

I grew up in a suburban neighborhood in Sacramento, California. I was always fascinated to go next door to our neighbor's, an older couple, who had the exact same house as us, but …

Is It Time for a Robopet?

Robo-dog? Sounds straight out of a sci-fi movie. Technology has come a long way since the 1997 release of the Tamagotchi. Still, today robopets continue to bring comfort and cure loneliness.

It’s Summer! Hurry Up and Relax!

An exercise to relax ... and connect with summertime.

Never Stop Playing

Creativity and play go hand in hand. Cultivating both of these natural instincts later in life is key to wellbeing.

Noah Time Like Today

Sometimes you just need an Egyptian vulture named Bob to lead you in the right direction.

Play That Lightens the Load of Children in Hospitals

To spice up Sunday School, teachers at Christ Episcopal Church of Pontevedra Beach, Florida, began using a Christian storytelling program called Godly Play (godlyplay.com). The Mon…

Puzzling Out Play

“Play is the gateway to vitality,” says The National Institute for Play. When is the last time you took the time to just play?

Stressed Out? Scared? Taking Yourself Too Seriously?

Forget feathers, bones, and beads. Most shamans dress normally and carry no magic objects. In these exercises you are asked to play. Try the trickster way of tinkering with your li…

The Happiness Track: Guilt-Free Time Off

I was wondering how to squeeze in a vacation this summer, and thinking maybe I should work through it or just skip it entirely, with all the other things going one—and suddenly I r…

The Secret Life of Tickling

Which brain structures are at play during a tickle fight? Researchers found out.

To Defuse a Traumatic Situation, Play Tetris

The total distraction of an addictive video game like Tetris may have a surprising health benefit: preventing post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.Emily Holmes, Ph.D. and Cather…

Toolbox: Child-like Play

When was the last time you did something because it was fun? It may be time to embrace your inner child.

Which Rest is Best?

A new study suggests cognitive fatigue can be relieved by playing “casual video games.”

Your Assignment: Shake Things Loose

Share your own special practice

Your Soul Needs Playtime

A few years ago, when I was teaching an undergraduate seminar at Stanford on the psychology of happiness, I had the students put away their books and push their chairs to the side …