Looking after our health isn’t all fun and games, but maybe it should be?
When we take time to play—think laughing, drawing, cooking, jumping, and dancing—the health benefits are boundless. Research shows that play not only makes us happier, but also boosts our brainpower and enriches our relationships.
Need proof? Monopoly and Risk might seem obsolete now that we have Candy Crush at our fingertips, but board games can be a serious win for our well-being. In a 20-year study of more than 3,000 adults, those who regularly played board games had a 15 percent lower risk of developing dementia!
Go on—embrace the power of playing. You’ll still have bills to pay and deadlines to meet, but you might find that those daily demands feel a bit more like child’s play.
Play on your own
Venture into the great outdoors for some winter fun, even when the couch is beckoning you to stay where it’s warm.
Play as a couple
Come Valentine’s Day, think beyond dinner and a movie. Instead, go indoor rock climbing or tackle an escape room together.
Play as a family
Dig out some of your dented, dust-covered board games and designate one day per week as family game night.