Book Title: Play to Live: Life Skills and Joy Through the Natural Talent to Play by Brian VanDongen
Category: Self help / Inner Child; creativity, 119 pages
Genre: Adult Non-Fiction (18+) | Content Rating: G
Publisher: BVDPlays | Release date: April 30, 2019
Tour dates: June 17 to July 5, 2019
Play To Live: Life Skills and Joy Through The Natural Talent To Play by author Brian VanDongen takes you back to your childhood to remind you about what being a child is all about. Playing! We all have those fond childhood memories of growing up playing with our friends in social settings. Developing social skills and learning how to handle friendships and relationships.
What we didn't realize at the time was that those skills we learned for the building blocks which lay the foundation for the rest of our lives. What are our children learning right now? How are they playing now and what part are we playing in how our children interact with the world around them.
For many children, their idea of play and playing now consists of talking to friends online and playing with electronic devices, staying safe indoors, and not venturing further than their own small safe world which we have created.
Inside Play To Live you'll discover:
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GUEST POST: PLAY LIKE EVERYBODY IS WATCHING
Throughout my book, Play to Live, and especially at the end of each chapter – sections called “Here’s the Play” – I provide tips and suggestions on how to easily incorporate play into your life and ways to help others live a more playful lifestyle.
The benefits of living playfully are many – namely, that people who play gain life skills and joy, hence the subtitle of the book.
When people are afraid to dance at a party, such as a wedding reception, a common phrase that others say to them is “dance like nobody is watching.” That phrase is supposed to calm the nerves of those slightly nervous to dance. It tries to help them remove the focus on them, and that everyone will be watching them, and judging them.
The same is true with play. Adults, especially, are sometimes a little nervous to be silly, to go down the slide, the build a sandcastle, to jump from rock to rock across a stream, to play carelessly. Maybe they should be told to “play like nobody is watching.”
But what if we told people to “play like everybody is watching?”
Play can be infectious. If one person is playing, it’s hard to be just an observer. It’s easier to jump right in, and play alongside, or play with that other person. When one person is playing, the social stigmas of “it’s just for kids,” or “I’m an adult now, I can’t do that” seem to disappear. After all, it’s hard to ignore the smiles, the laughter, and the joy that comes from playing freely.
If people played like everybody is watching, that playful energy will spread to others. The smiles will spread. The laughter will spread. And the joy will spread. All by simply playing like everyone is watching.
My book has many different tips on how to life playfully and incorporate play into your daily life. We can all play like nobody is watching, but let’s try to play like everybody is watching.
Meet the author:
Brian is a life-long "parks and rec kid." Now, he is a parks and recreation professional.
Brian has created, designed, and implemented transformational recreational programming for thousands of residents. Through his work as a park and recreation professional, Brian helps people play and find their natural talent to play.
He believes everyone has that talent, but it is sometimes hard to find, or even suppressed in today's society. Fortunately, play at its most basic level is easy, fun, healthy, and desirable. That playful talent just needs to be unleashed.
Brian has helped thousands of people find their natural talent to play and become happier and healthier people through the power of play.
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