In their book ‘The Neurobiology of Attachment-Focused Therapy’, psychologists Baylin and Hughes write, “Play appears to engage a cocktail of brain chemistry that helps make it a powerful social process.” They further explain that play promotes brain development, especially in the crucial prefrontal cortex or “upstairs brain,” which is the home of executive functioning, healthy social skills, impulse control, creativity and joy.
Some ideas that can be appied both in playful parenting but also at work 🙂
- Sing alone or together with your team.
- Race each other (playfully) to get things done.
- Create a code word for challenges, e.g. you can call an unpleasant phone call by a code name such as ‘planting the flower to make it blossom’
- Don’t take yourself too seriously and just laugh at youself.
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