“Play has the power to significantly improve everything from personal health to relationships to education to organizations’ ability to innovate.”
Play refers to any activity you do simply for the joy of doing it, instead of as a means to an end. It stimulates the parts of your brain involved in both logical reasoning and carefree exploration. When you play, you not only reduce stress, you help your mind see new possibilities and connections.
In fact, most of the key breakthroughs in thinking have taken place during times of play. For example, Newton was at play when he saw the apple tree and discovered the force of gravity.