Play Time – The Healthy Mind Platter (3/8)


Daily Life, Neuroscience, Theoretics


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Play time – The joy of experimenting with life Play, which may seem like a frivolous, unimportant behavior with no apparent purpose, has earned new respect as biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists and others see that play is indeed serious business and is perhaps equally important to other basic drives of sleep, rest, and food. Neuroscience research reveals that play-joy is a basic emotional system and essential in child development and adult creativity and learning. It has been suggested that play is an important behavioral tendency that does not require learning, is an “experience-expectant” process that has adaptive neurodevelopmental effects which promote later adaptive behaviors and which help program higher brain regions involved in emotional behaviors.

Humour Skills for Surviving Anything


Humour, Laughter, Theoretics


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You’ve got to be kidding!” Have you heard yourself saying these words more often than you used to? You hear about the latest cutbacks, reorganization or mergers and your first statement of disbelief is: “You’ve got to be kidding.” That reflex response provides a clue for how you can survive the stress and chaos created by managed care. Your sense of humour and an ability to laugh can nurture and protect your body, mind, and spirit during these times of rapid change. “A sense of humor can help you overlook the unattractive, tolerate the unpleasant, cope with the unexpected, and smile through the unbearable.”