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How To Be Spontaneously Playful (And Why It’s Good For You)

I have to admit that I have a great deal of structure in my life but even I recognize the value of spontaneous play. It boosts creativity and promotes greater light-heartedness, empathy, flexibility, adaptiveness, optimism, hope for the future and produces a sense of belonging.


By it’s very nature it is difficult to plan for spontaneous play however there are things you can do to maximize the likelihood of bursting into play! Scheduling in more fun nights out, turning up the radio on road trips and even bluebell walks are all ways of maximizing the likelihood of spontaneous play by ensuring your environment is appropriate.


I have listed just a few examples of spontaneous play to give you an arsenal the next time you feel care-free and fancy a playful time.


  • Singing along to one of your favorite songs
  • Dancing
  • Laughing and joking with friends
  • Listening to music
  • Impromptu shopping
  • Taking an impromptu walk
  • Skipping along the street with friends
  • Piggy back rides!


So next time you feel lighthearted, engage in some spontaneous play, there is no more fun way to get your creative juices flowing.


Do you have much spontaneous play in your life? Do you feel as though spontaneous play is childish? Would you like more opportunities to engage in spontaneous play? Have you done any of the activities listed?  Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.

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