National Institute for Play, is interviewed on my favorite early-early-Sunday morning radio show, "On Being" with Krista Tippett. "Play, spirit and character."
"Who knew that we learn empathy, trust, irony, and problem solving through play — something the dictionary defines as "pleasurable and apparently purposeless activity." Dr. Stuart Brown suggests that the rough-and-tumble play of children actually prevents violent behavior, and that play can grow human talents and character across a lifetime. Play, as he studies it, is an indispensable part of being human."
So when I brought my remote control helicopter back to work today, so I could fly it out of the wind in the school gym, I did so with a sense of higher purpose.
Lighten up. Seriously. It's good for your soul. It's good for your creativity. And that's good for all of us.