When was the last time your doctor told you to stay home and watch “Seinfeld”? Or suggested a night out at the circus? Or told you to play fetch with a dog? It probably hasn’t happened, but the day may not be far off. Laughter and fun are great ways to break down the walls of stress, preventing both mental and physical damage. Play time loosens up joints constricted by tension and poor posture. It brightens your attitude and is a healthy outlet for the most troubled thoughts. Even during our time off, it seems like we still spend a lot of time working – as a handyman, chauffer, mechanic, negotiator, therapist, cook, activist, or whatever is called for. Next time you’re starting to feel the strain, think about how long it’s been since you just played for the fun of it. It might be longer than you think. Then go buy yourself a toy.
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