Several studies show this. Playing offers us many advantages. Shall we play a little game?
The advantages of the game
Gambling has been shown to improve our mental health. But most people stop playing in childhood. How to rediscover the benefits of play once the games and toys have been put away?
Several psychologists have noted that the game, the board, the cards, the video, have allowed us to have a beneficial effect on our stress levels.
In a study conducted in Zurich, Switzerland and published in 2013, adults who demonstrate the most playful personality traits are more motivated, creative and spontaneous. There have also been connections between people with more … playful characteristics low blood pressureas demonstrated in 2015.
While people who gamble less have a hard time relaxing in their free time and often get bored when their minds are not busy, those who are more inclined to gamble are aware of new opportunities and are open to trying more variety of activities. Not me saying it, but another study from 2021.
So with all these benefits, all these effects, all these benefits, why do most adults stop gambling as adults? And how to learn to play again?
René Proyer, a professor of psychology at Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, argues in a 2013 research that adults who are playful in nature and who often gamble are those who are able to handle everyday situations in a way that that they become … fun and intellectually stimulating.
Whether it’s a Candy Crush game on mobile, a joke with colleagues, or an evening board game with your friends, most people are playful. It’s still. The benefits of gambling can go unnoticed.
The benefits of play and a playful attitude can be carried over into adulthood, Proyer says, adding that in the same way you might practice meditation or sports, a playful attitude and an attraction to play, the social, it should be seen as a skill that can be developed, exploited and used.
See its benefits
A good place to start is to simply observe. Psychologist René Proyer suggests listing three moments at the end of each day when something spontaneous happened.
It could be a fun interaction with a stranger while you were enjoying your croissant or coffee on a terrace, or a shared joke with your co-worker. This technique, this practice helps us to start feeling safe playing and This will make us more aware of the presence of moments of joy in our daily life.
Play should be seen as a skill that can be developed, exploited and used for awareness
But in his office, the psychologist urges people to do this don’t be afraid to enjoy an activity not normally associated with adults. Adult games, considered … socially acceptable, such as board games for example, often come with a list of rules and require a specific environment to play.
According to him, these games encourage less creativity and spontaneous playful behaviors. And add to that the competition and frustration associated with winning and losing. The psychologist states that the more the interaction or activity is unexpected, the better and more one’s playful attitude develops. Playfulness, as they say in English. Play, yes. But unexpectedly, spontaneously.
Our pleasure in playing can depend on both our personality and our willingness to be open to new forms of interaction, conversations and experiences. Proyer suggests that if you are the most playful at home with your partner or family, for example, try using the same conversation techniques with colleagues or friends. And see the results.
The advantages of such a playful attitude, of … playing, more often than not, indicate a wide range of social benefits. What motivates us to develop and integrate such an attitude with the people we interact with.
At first glance, it might seem that most adults don’t play as often as they would like. Perhaps, as Proyer suggests, because socially acceptable adult games, such as board or role-playing games, aren’t that fun. And those that are, like parlor games, delusional, for example, can be considered … embarrassing, for some. Not … serious enough.
I have a swimming pool
In his 2017 research, Sebastian Deterding, a professor of digital creativity at the University of York, argues that for adults to engage in guilt-free playful activities, they can be prepared with “excuses,” “alibis … socially acceptable.
He gives the example of Emma Farrarons’ The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People, which aims to make the slightly … awkward and “cringe” act of adult coloring socially acceptable. So let’s use the “alibi” which is a therapy for successful people.
However, with the rise of social media over the past few decades, the slider of what is “acceptable” to adults has changed. Platforms like YouTube and Twitch in particular popularize gaming culture. Games are now being played in front of hundreds, thousands, hundreds of thousands of people. Videos, board games or role-playing games are no longer … shameful. In reverse. This is a great change in our society, culture and collective consciousness.
play and therapy
Video games are one of the few forms of adult play therapy that carry less social stigma. While some adults may feel the need to hide their playful side, the video game and mobile gaming market among adults has exploded in recent years. The global gaming market was valued at $ 174 billion in 2020 and is expected to be worth $ 314 billion by 2026.
The mental health benefits of games, be they board, card, role-playing or video games are well established. And why, how? Because the game takes away, immerses. And it immerses us this state of intense bliss, the “flow”.
Flow is the optimal experience, when nothing else matters. This state is also experienced by athletes and sportsmen and women when they are in the area, as they say.
Playing to find the flow state can provide a pleasant time and a distraction from our problems. The game would therefore help us to improve, to achieve our well-being, our happiness.
Like an adult with responsibilities, pressures and goals, it can be easy to lose sight of those little playful moments of everyday life. But these moments are the most memorable parts of everyday life. It is the funniest memories we will have and share with friends, colleagues and family.
In conclusion, with all the benefits that come with it, it’s no exaggeration to say that putting a little effort into being a little more playful and playful should be part of our day.
Have you ever thought with nostalgia about the games and toys of your childhood? And did you miss those lost moments of play, innocence and playfulness? Maybe that feeling has never really left you. It may just be a little harder to find, drowned in our daily hassles. It’s up to us to find it and get it out.
Article written by Gus. Chief editor of Gus & Co. He has been working in the gaming world since 1989 as an author and journalist. And as a player, above all. He is also a fighter pilot for the US Army, supermodel, biogeneticist specializing in the resurrection of dinosaurs, world champion of Thai boxing and vegan baking, tamer of triceratops, inventor of the iPhone and mythomaniac.
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