HOW PLAYFULNESS REDUCES STRESS
This is an ultrasound of a young unborn fetus jumping around in it’s mother’s uterus! Notice how the fetus pushes off the uterine wall with it’s legs & hops around in the amniotic fluid! Even before we are born into this world, we innately develop the ability to transform a situation or environment into something more enjoyable or entertaining! This sort of ‘playfulness’ has long been known to serve a vital role in human development. Evidence has shown playful children to be divergent thinkers, problem solvers, physically active, imaginative, having a sense of humor, & the ability to manifest joy. As adults, our propensity to define (or redefine) an activity in an imaginative, nonserious or metaphoric manner, so as to enhance intrinsic enjoyment, involvement, & satisfaction correlates with a plethora of adaptive mental, emotional, & physiological outcomes. 'Playfulness' serves a strong adaptive function in adulthood, providing individuals with more cognitive resources from which they can manifest effective coping mechanisms in the face of stressful situations! Furthermore, playful individuals are less likely to employ negative, avoidant, & escape-oriented strategies. So the next time you’re feeling stressed, take a lesson from this little guy & choose to find joy in the present moment! Happy Wednesday guys. For more, click on the link in our bio & [SUBSCRIBE] to our YouTube channel.
Written by Student Doctor: @medspired © 04/26/2017 All Rights Reserved.
Inspired by: Cale David Magnuson & my current OBGYN rotation.
To the rose-smellers, the scenic-route-takers, the tree-climbers...may your courageous journey never end. To the rest, may you be inspired to reclaim your youthful spirit. ❤️
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