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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…

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 …

It's Summer! Hurry Up and Relax!

Summer weather beckons us outdoors for a healthy dose of playtime. But before you grab your bocce ball set, water skis, or wake boards, consider that recreation doesn’t require equ…

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…

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…

Which Rest is Best?

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

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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 …

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