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What’s the Opposite of Play?

This article makes a good case for paying attention to ‘play-time’ in modern adult life. Enjoy this DailyFind, love from CW!

Surprise! The opposite of play is not work. In fact, work and play can be more similar than we think. We can—and many do—work playfully. And we can—and do—often play in ways as structured and as serious as we work. According to pioneer play researcher Brian Sutton-Smith, the opposite of play is depression. That’s because, he says (in his classic 1997 book, The Ambiguity of Play), play involves “the willful belief in acting out one’s own capacity for the future.” I agree. Among its many benefits, play helps us belong, and belonging helps us move about […]

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