If you a regular follower of this blog (thank you), and you scroll down a bit, you may notice that today’s post is much shorter than normal.
There are two reasons for this:
1) I am feeling a bit “off”. I have the heater cranked up and the fireplace blasting. It’s 76 degrees in the house and I still just cannot get warm. That with my sudden wheezing makes me think that I’m coming down with something! (Boo!)
2) I have a ton of great reading to do, and some excellent TED videos that I really want to watch.
Since the challenge this week is PLAY, I am going to interrupt my usual programming, and instead spend the afternoon wrapped up in a blanket, drinking hot tea, doing my reading and watching some of the many fascinating, inspiring, and creative TED videos. My dream is to someday attend a TED conference. All that creativity and imagination in one place…oh the possibilities!
All of these (tea, reading, TED) are some of my favorite “downtime” recreational activities, and although they aren’t active play, they are still “fun for the brain”.
They are also things I rarely take time to enjoy; there’s usually too much going on.
One further reason for the shortened post is that Dr. Stuart Brown, a pioneer in PLAY Research, gave an excellent TED talk about why Play is so vital. Unlike most TED talks, this is a longer talk–it’s just over 26 minutes in legnth.
I think it’s worth watching, which means we should get right to it.
Direct Link to the above TED talk: “Stuart Brown says play is more than fun–it’s vital”