When you think of the word “play” what comes to mind? Maybe you envision toddlers tinkering with blocks, children running around a playground or puppies prancing through the grass. Yes, these are all great descriptions of playful behavior. But play is not just reserved for little ones.

Every season, Nature gives us examples of play—prancing snowflakes in Winter, butterflies gliding through the air in Spring, foxes scampering through a field in Summer, leaves dancing in the wind in Fall. Nature knows—there is a time to work and a time to play. But play is not just a time to “get our energy out”. Play is a breath of fresh air and a chance to renew our sense of creativity and curiosity—something every living creature needs.

So, although you have responsibilities—work assignments, meal preparations, childcare, and so on—remember to get outside and play. Breathe in the fresh air, have a snowball fight, catch snowflakes on your tongue, and let play renew you from the inside-out.

 

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