BLOG 225—PLAY—For Your Heath!

With my words, I hope to throw some oblique light upon your life.
I want to inspire you to see life differently or better.

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Picking a subject to write about each week is pretty straightforward. This can have a theme of pretty much anything. I do hope you are enjoying reading about the topics I choose.
I’ve written about play, joy, and living a happy life in the past. Consider breaking this text into smaller paragraphs to make it easier to read and digest. The long blocks of text can be overwhelming for some readers, and breaking them up can improve the flow and readability. That is why I write the way I do.
In our hectic, modern lives, many of us focus heavily on work and family commitments, and we always need more time for fun. Play should be a part of every life.  Somewhere between childhood and adulthood, we stopped playing; we “turned” into adults.
When we carve out some leisure time, we’re more likely to zone out in front of the TV or computer than engage in fun, rejuvenating play as we did as children. But play is not just essential for kids; it can also be an important source of relaxation, motivation, and joy for adults.
Playing with your love, friends, co-workers, pets, and children is a sure (and fun) way to fuel your imagination, creativity, problem-solving abilities, and emotional well-being. Adult play is a time to forget work and commitments and be socially unstructured and creative.
Your play could be simply goofing off with friends, sharing jokes with a coworker, throwing balls in a juggle at the beach, dressing up on Halloween with your kids, building a snowman in the yard, playing with a dog, acting out charades at a party, or going for a bike ride with your friend with no destination in mind. Finding various wants to discover joy is unlimited.
There doesn’t need to be any point to the activity beyond having fun and enjoying yourself, alone or with a friend. By allowing yourself to play with the joyful abandon of childhood, you can reap oodles of health benefits throughout life.
The benefits of joy and play
While play is crucial for a child’s development, it benefits people of all ages, including you. Play can add joy to life, relieve stress, supercharge learning, and connect you to others and the world around you. Play can also make work more productive and pleasurable, and happier overall.
We have Jemma. You can play on your own or with a pet, but for more significant benefits, play should involve at least one other person, away from the sensory overload of electronic gadgets.
Play helps:
Relieve stress. Play is fun and can trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain. When you find healthy joy, it will benefit jogging, completing puzzles, or pursuing other fun activities that challenge the brain can help prevent memory problems and improve brain function. The social interaction of playing with family and friends can also help ward off stress and depression.
Improve relationships and your connection to others. Sharing laughter, play, and fun can foster empathy, compassion, trust, and intimacy with others. Play doesn’t have to include a specific activity; it can also be a joyful state of mind. Developing a playful nature can help you loosen up in stressful situations, break the ice with strangers, hellp you make new friends, and form new business relationships.
Play and relationships
Play is one of the most effective tools for keeping relationships fresh and exciting. Playing together brings joy, vitality, and resilience to relationships. Space can also heal resentments, disagreements, and hurts. Through regular play, we learn to trust one another and feel safe.
Trust enables us to work together, open ourselves to intimacy, and try new things. By consciously incorporating more humor and play into your daily interactions, you can improve the quality of your love relationships and your connections with co-workers, family members, and friends.
Play can heal emotional wounds. As adults, when you play together, you engage in the same behavior patterns that shape children’s brains. These playful behaviors that predict emotional health in children can also lead to positive changes in adults. If an emotionally insecure individual plays with a secure partner, for example, it can help replace negative beliefs and behaviors with hopeful, optimistic assumptions and actions.
Fixing your relationship problems with humor and play
Play, fun, and laughter are essential in building strong, healthy relationships by bringing people closer, creating a positive bond, and resolving conflict and disagreements. In new relationships, for example, play and humor can be practical tools for attracting the other person and overcoming any awkwardness or embarrassment during the dating and getting-to-know-you process.
Flirting is a prime example of how play and humor are used in adult interactions. Play can keep your connection exciting, fresh, and vibrant in longer-term relationships while deepening intimacy. It can also help you overcome differences and the tiny aggravations that may build up over time.

What new stories are you ready to write?

Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have a unique ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thinking.
They are so interesting, challenging, and essential on our path to joy, happiness, and finding ways to inspire ourselves and others.
Inspirational quotes and ideas give us a quick and timely burst of wisdom to get our focus back, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion.
I hope to inspire you with my words.
Words have power.
Are you accomplishing what you want before your eventual death?
At any age, you can (and should) make changes to make your life better.

How you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible, determines everything in your life, and it all derives from your quality of thinking.


Just as positive words can make someone smile, and a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control!
You have complete control over only one thing in the universe — Your Thinking —, and that’s where motivational quotes come in!
To keep your motivation, you have to use each day as an opportunity to improve and get closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work—and with your busy schedule—next to impossible. But you can do it!

Self-talk is so essential—THINK RIGHT!

Motivational words, yes, they’re just words.
But they’re positive words; they will keep you on track.

Don’t forget that you are only as young as the last time you changed your mind!
Keep your thoughts and self-talk fun and productive, and always reach for more advancement.

“Play is the work of the child” ~ Maria Montessori
“Play is essential to development because it contributes to children’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being.” ~ Kenneth R. Ginsburg
“It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.” ~ Leo F. Buscaglia
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

“Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.” ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce
“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.” ~ Carl Jung
“Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.” ~ Abraham Maslow
“Play is training for the unexpected.” ~ Marc Bekoff
“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The true object of all human life is play.” ~ G. K. Chesterton
“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” ~ Kay Redfield Jamison


Each week goes by so quickly, don’t you think?
And time is going faster all the time.
Do you keep track of what you do each day?
Do this for a few weeks, and you will see your time differently.

The gardens are producing, as you see. Cucs and zoks are plentiful.

I didn’t have much to write about this week, so I have not. Right now, I am fixing up our bedroom; you will see a photo of the mural that I put up. Now I will be painting the borders and walls—a fun project.

Did I paint this myself? 

Is it time to “make” things happen and live a fuller life?
“Make” a great week for yourself.

Beth will like this.
Stay off all your electronic devices for a full day this week.
Do something new daily, then keep doing it for the rest of your life.
I am planning to attend a local church this week.
As you might know, I have never believed in any of the gods.
You will read about my efforts.


  1. Jeff Watt June 16, 2023 Reply

    Love the mural and veggies. Let’s hope for a miracle 😉

  2. Larry June 16, 2023 Reply

    Most enjoyable post! And a beautiful mural!

  3. Jeff June 17, 2023 Reply

    Seems you want to keep going to church to hear words that convince you of God, however since you want more tangible proof to understand faith maybe turn to what has happened here on earth. Look into life of Jesus and his mother Mary. They are both written about in Quran, Hebrew writings and of course Christian teachings.
    Jesus a Jew, did not have a church when he taught and always seem to make time to spend time alone in nature. You love nature maybe that is your church.
    Have great week Kit

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    Kit June 17, 2023 Reply

    Thanks for your words, Jeff. In the past, I have attended various churches to try and see what the draw for people is–I saw nothing.
    The bible book is no better.
    Did you read the following quotes from your bible?
    Will you be the one to kill me for my nonbelief?

    Death to nonbelievers
    2 Chronicles 15:13 “All who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, were to be put to death, whether small or great, man or woman.”

    More death to nonbelievers
    Psalm 78:21–22, 31 “When the Lord heard them, he was furious; his fire broke out against Jacob, and his wrath rose against Israel, for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance. . . . God’s anger rose against them; he put to death the sturdiest among them, cutting down the young men of Israel.”

    A raging fire against nonbelievers
    Psalm 78:21 “Therefore, when the Lord heard, he was full of wrath; a fire was kindled against Jacob, his anger mounted against Israel; because they had no faith in God.”

    Devoted to Destruction
    Exodus 22:20 “Whoever sacrifices to any god, other than the Lord alone, shall be devoted to destruction.”

    Kill Followers of Other Religions
    Deuteronomy 13:7-12 “If your own full brother, or your son or daughter, or your beloved wife, or you intimate friend, entices you secretly to serve other gods . . . Your hand shall be the first raised to slay him; the rest of the people shall join in with you. You shall stone him to death, because he sought to lead you astray from the Lord, your God.”

    Kill innocent babies of the heathen Babylonians
    Psalm 137:9 “Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.”

    Utterly destroy a city that does not worship the Lord
    Deuteronomy 13:12–16 “If thou shalt hear say in one of thy cities, which the Lord thy God hath given thee to dwell there, saying . . . Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known; Then shalt thou enquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you; Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword.”


    I thought these might also spur thoughts in your mind >>

    1–Exactly what do you believe, and why do you believe it?
    2–What, exactly, is “your” God?
    3–Why should I believe in your God, as opposed to ALL the other Gods?
    4–Prove God–without any reference to the Bible or Quran.
    5–Define the word “Spirit”, in detail.
    6–Define the word “soul” in detail.
    7–Define the word “supernatural” in detail.
    8–The bible speaks of “demons”, what, exactly, is a demon?
    9–Explain what a world “without” your God would be like?
    10-Why did God stop performing miracles 2,000 years ago?
    11-Where were you before you were born?

  5. Jeff June 18, 2023 Reply

    Happy Fathers Day! Your 2 daughters are miracles. I’m always amazed by my children and grandchildren. Kit what has happened to you, survive and make the difference you do everyday is a miracle!

    Kit the Old Testament or Tora is very harsh, which is why I guided you towards Jesus and Mary in the New Testament. If I was looking at this from your perspective and being non believer, why would I care what Old Testament says. If searching for proven evidence to helped me better understand I would spend time with writings of Jesus and Mary. It maybe would help me understand why people came to listen and believe in him. The New Testament is a forgiving and loving version through words and actions of Jesus and Mary. A guide as to how we should live our life and treat others. Even if I wasn’t a believer they are incredible role models for living and caring for others.

    Maybe the writings of St Paul could be your path. Time will tell.

    Have great week Kit

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    Kit June 18, 2023 Reply

    Thanks for your words, Jeff. I greatly appreciate your caring and concern for me. Yes, the bible book has many good suggestions for life, as in some of the stories of Jesus. It seems that people only keep in mind the good parts of the book, yet there are numerous hateful and damaging parts of the bible, too.

    Yes, I’ve read the bible, a long and challenging read. I would think that if god truly inspired this book, it would be an easy read and get right to the point of things and how people should live. Yes, it is a book that most people avoid, and just go to church to hear what the book “might” mean.

    Below is a list of questions that I developed and am unsure if I sent them before.
    Do you have answers, Jeff?

    1–Exactly what do you believe, and why do you believe it?
    2–What, exactly, is “your” God?
    3–Why should I believe in your God, as opposed to ALL the other Gods?
    4–Prove God–without any reference to the Bible or Quran.
    5–Define the word “Spirit” in detail.
    6–Define the word “soul” in detail.
    7–Define the word “supernatural” in detail.
    8–The bible speaks of “demons”; what exactly is a demon?
    9–Explain what a world “without” your God would be like?
    10-Why did God stop performing miracles 2,000 years ago?
    11-Where were you before you were born?

  7. Jeff June 18, 2023 Reply


    Answering you questions means a wanting to believe. Kit you don’t want to believe yet and you seem angry about God and seem critical of people with faith. Kit your embrace of nature and positive thoughts are excellent and I accept your beliefs, just ask that you respect mine. If you blog is only to agree with you, then apologize for expressing myself.

    Have great Kit, it’s another special day

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    Kit June 19, 2023 Reply

    Good morning, Jeff.

    Not \”wanting\” to believe, simply trying to make you think more about a possible god and beliefs.
    How could I be angry at a god when I do not think there is any god there?
    Nature and positivity are essential to me, yet they are not beliefs; they are simply life.
    Yes, I respect your beliefs. Did I ever mention anything else?
    By writing my blog, I am continuing to try and open people\’s minds to more that is there.

    \”Make\” your day great, Jeff; it is up to you.

  9. Jeff June 19, 2023 Reply

    Kit, your friend Steve passed, was a Christian and believed in God. You then went on to state how could a God do this to him. Why disrespect Steve’s belief and be critical of God. You don’t believe in God, why take a sad moment like your friend Steve’s passing and turn it into a preaching moment of anti God? The news was about Steve. I felt moved to speak up for Steve. May your friend Steve rest in peace and may you feel happiness in being his friend and speak of him in future with appreciation for his total person he chose to be.

    Maybe, Steve will speak to you, if you let him.

    Have Bless Day, Kit

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