Creativity Pathway #130: Play With Your “Pops”!

Go ahead! Play with your Corn Pops. My daughter played with her bag of cereal on the way to school and it was an incredible demonstration of creativity. “Look Mom, an earring! Look Mom, a surf board! …a golden tooth, a star twinkling in the sky, a sunshine on a miniature planet…”

It was 15 minutes of gloriously creative (sometimes silly and sometimes just plain genius) improvisation. You may have also seen something similar on the improv-comedy show, “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” On the show, the actors are given a random prop which they must creatively turn into as many items as they can think of within a given time frame. 

Plato didn’t believe that play was just for children. The great philosopher once said, “You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a lifetime of conversation.”

Researchers have reported that there is a positive link between brain size and playfulness for mammals in general; animals with smaller brains tend to play less. In an associated study, neuropsychologists studied the affect of play on the levels of a protein called “c-FOS,” a substance linked to the stimulation and growth of nerve cells. It was found that play allows connections between areas of the brain that might not normally connect, therefore enhancing creativity.

There is a direct correlation between pleasure and productivity, as pleasure is a powerful motivator. The experience of pleasure increases our ability to both learn and retain knowledge for a longer period of time. Children and adults who are skilled at playing with both objects and ideas have more power, influence, and capacity to create meaning in their lives. Play builds critical skills such as problem solving, persistence, and collaboration • useful tools at any age. 

Coaching Inquiries: When is the last time you joyfully played? How might looking at your problem with a playful approach invite a new perspective? How could you regularly integrate play into your work?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Erika Jackson (Erika@LifeTrekCoaching.com)
LifeTrek Coaching International
Columbus, OH  •   U.S.A.

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