Surfing the Southside - Hatteras Island. Photo by Zog

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

We All Need to Play More - Great Article

I think all of us who surf already know these truths, but this article really brings it home and to the forefront of my consciousness:

The Key to Happiness: A Taboo for Adults?

Some quotes from the article:

We're at our happiest when we're involved in engaging leisure activities.

There are few things more important to your happiness than frequent doses of play.

It's not about the end, but the experience. 

Play is the world of the spontaneous that is home to real knowledge.

Play isn't a character defect; it's the builder of character, developing persistence, competence, mastery and social skills that take us beyond perceived limitations.

Contrary to stereotype, engaged play is the gateway not to time-wasting, but to times that let you contact deeper realms.

It's the coming together of mind, body, and spirit.  It's one of the highest of all highs.


  1. Sam! Long cold winter huh? This is a good topic. It's funny how people much younger have always looked at me like I was a little off for putting so much time in to playing and experiencing new things. Kids telling me to grow up. If I may quote the Ramones-

    I don't wanna put no money down
    I don't wanna get a big old loan
    Work them fingers to the bone
    I don't wanna float on a broom
    Fall in love, get married then boom
    How the hell did it get here so soon
    I don't want to grow up

  2. here is a family that works hard and plays hard!