In This Chapter
- Having leisure activities and pleasure
- Finding the meaningful process of play
- Learning how “flow” makes us happy
- Finding time to flow
- Discovering your flow activity
Imagine you are watching children at play. If someone asked you to describe their predominant feeling, chances are you would describe them as happy. And so they are. It’s fun to play; to be truly playful is to be lighthearted and entranced.
Adults, too, have fun when they play. Play relaxes us and lifts our spirits. It relieves stress and takes our mind off our troubles. But, as this chapter shows, play can do even more to engender happiness. Play can help us lead not just a pleasant life, but also a life rich in engagement ...