When you think of the word playfulness, what images come to your mind? As we step out of childhood and mature, the emotion of “playfulness” can become a foreign concept to our nervous system. However, it’s never too late to reclaim this emotion, and its ripple affect creates magic.
The dictionary definition of playfulness:
- Full of fun and high spirits; frolicsome or sportive.
- Humorous; jesting.
- A disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement.
- A festive merry feeling.
- Activities that are enjoyable or amusing.
Whether you are in a business meeting, visiting with friends or working on a creative project, “playfulness” adds a fun, light, and new dimension. Imagine yourself “playfully” engaging in conversation with the grocery store clerk, or “playfully” singing along to the music in your car. How about a little “playfulness” in the bedroom with your partner? How may your children, parents or co-workers respond to playfulness?
Playfulness creates motion and brings a smile. One of my most successful clients brings in playfulness to business meetings when they get too serious, and it brings out the humanity in everyone. In a world where stress and anxiety is commonplace, a little “playfulness” may be the perfect medicine. Adopt it for a week, and see what you experience.