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Mindful : October 2015
5. Find a Playmate For many of us life is more fun when we have someone to do things with. Who can you recruit to be your part- ner in your mission to bring play back? 6. Bring Some Attitude Steve Gross’ title at the Life is Good Kids Foundation is “Chief Playmaker”—how cool is that? His entire job revolves around play because research has found play to be one of the great- est resiliency factors for kids. “ Play is not reserved for the sandbox, it’s not reserved for flip flops, beer pong, or Frisbee golf,” Gross says. “ We can bring it into everything we do.” Bring a playful mindset to whatever you’re doing and you can make even the hardest of work feel fun. 7. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff And as the late Richard Carlson famously said, “It’s all small stuff!” With that said, being playful can be difficult when faced with all of the very real responsibilities we deal with every day. Without minimizing the weight of these issues, we can begin relating to them differ- ently. We spend so much of our sacred time worrying and stressing about what happened or what might happen and we become so tightly wound that even in quiet moments it can feel nearly impossible to settle and relax into them. See if you can keep coming back to your present moment experience—returning to what you know is real and true right now. 8. Laugh More No, seriously. Laugh! More! Not only does it actually feel good, it also releases the good-feeling vibes of our old friend cortisol. Some say it even helps strengthen your abdominal muscles. Watch a comedy, find a laughter yoga class near you, tell some jokes, and if you can’t seem to find anything funny then think of something that made you laugh in the past and let yourself relive it. Or you can just smile—but be careful...smiling has been known to lead to laughter. 26 mindful October 2015 PHOTOGRAPH©ANDERSENROSSPHOTOGRAPHY/STOCKSYUNITED