Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Adults are complicated

If you having a crappy day, visit the playground.

Adults are full of worries. It's very difficult to find an adult who is smiling and is happy ALL THE TIME (like a child in the playground).
Even if you do find one, I bet you would think something is not right with him.
However, this is an exception when you are at the playground. Here, everyone is smiling and happily chatting over every milestone achieved by their offspring, like climbing up the stairs and sliding down the slide, successfully swinging without falling off and attempting to make new friends. If you look carefully, you'd notice a smile arched on the faces of almost every adult in the playground and it is very genuine.

I sat on a see-saw while watching my kids having a ball,  a young girl walks over and sits on the opposite bench. My initial reaction was to get up and vacate the seat so another child or her parents could play with her, but she insisted I stayed and play with her. She didn't say it out loud but it was expected of me, as if it was some sort of playground code or rule these young kids practised.

Immediately, I found myself smiling and guffawing encouraging words in hopes that I was being a wonderful playmate. I even exchanged friendly smiles with other adults there. Next thing I knew, I had forgotten about my crappy day and felt so much better.

Laughter is a magical act that can uplift ones spirit and do wondrous healing for your soul. So, if you think you are tired and want to be left alone (which is NOT an option with kids),
go to the park instead. Take your kids along and play a game of hide-and-seek or just chase them around the field. This sudden burst of energy and adrenaline pumping through your body will do you a lot of good, as shared by Prof. Robert Provine (It's a long and lengthy article but the gist of it, laughter can reduce anxiety and help reduce blood pressure)! "Come play with us. It could be the most important work you've ever done". 

So what you waiting for? Put down your Iphones, Androids or your laptops and go play with your children.



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14 comments:

  1. I used to love going to the playground. Before we moved we used to go to one right on the edge of the forest, with tall trees that were just incorporated into the playground for climbing.
    Now my kids are too old for the playground, but your post brought back some great memories!

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    1. Thanks! I dread the day they grow up and won't need me as much as they do now. They are my fitness guru, they are the reason I go for a jog in the park. Without them, I am going to turn into a couch potato!

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  2. So true! I love the playground. I'm only skipping today because my daughter has a low fever/ear ache so we're resting this one out.

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    1. Hope she gets well soon to enjoy the rest of her August!

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I love this. and it is true. it's easier to get lost in play and forget everything else when you're surrounded by happy children. laughter is magical :)

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  4. Thank you Sarah. Don't you feel children help us feel young? I'm always doing "kiddie" stuff when with them, which I would never do with my adult friends.

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  5. It's true. If your kids are enjoying themselves and laughing and playing, it's really hard to be in a bad mood. :)

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  6. Oh yes yes yes!! Put down the electronics and play play play. I need to have my children know I am present. I love going to the playground too . Laughter is so important, it makes me feel young. Laughing with my kids makes me feel super human, its a beautiful thing.

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    1. Only after having kids I understood some moms who used to say that their kids is the reason the feel and behave young.

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  7. This is lovely, and so true. Sometimes when I am having a bad day I look at the innocent smiles on my childrens faces and I can't help but feel better. Children have a way of having a calming effect on us. Lovely post. x

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    1. Thank you. The way the look when asleep, is magical and very soothing. That's another remedy for me to feel calm and thankful.

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  8. I remind myself of that everyday when I'm with my daughter.

    p.s. that is an awesome playground.

    www.mamaandthecity.com

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    1. Thank you. It's a brand new playground :)

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