Life without fun and games isn’t just dull—it’s downright unhealthy. “Our research has shown that when adults get out there and play, the benefits are amazing,” says Careen Yarnal, PhD, an associate professor of recreation, park, and tourism management at Penn State University. “They cope better with stress, which sets up protective mechanisms that contribute to health and well-being. And if they play with others, it creates bonding and they get the benefit of social support, as well. Just as we know play is healthy for children, helping them blow off steam, learn, experiment, and make friends, we’re finding the same to be true for adults. When it comes to stress prevention, play is like wearing a suit of armor.” read more
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