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What is play? “Play is a state of mind, rather than an activity… an absorbing, apparently purposeless activity that provides enjoyment and a suspension of self-consciousness and sense of time. It is also self-motivating and makes you want to do it again...
Students at Play Day
In order to live a satisfying life, it is not enough to have an absence of negative feelings; we also need pleasurable experiences that help cultivate positive feelings, such as happiness, joy, excitement, and delight.
There are many forms of play and ways to engage in play. Dr.
Do something and Play Engaging in play is often effortless and exciting, and we may lose awareness of self and sense of time while deeply engaged in play. This loss of self-awareness is referred to as a "flow" state.