Playfulness can soften difficult decisions, conversations and actions that require courage. Having the ability to bring a level of lightheartedness to even the most difficult situations can take the edge of circumstances that might otherwise scare you. Playfulness has the incredible power to disarm even the darkest of circumstances.
It invites courage to play.
Play is a fundamental part of the human experience. We should never forget to bring it to our work. A playful attitude keeps your mind curious. It makes us better problem-solvers.
Play involves an enthusiastic and in-the-moment attitude. When we play, we detach from outside stressors and become completely absorbed in the activity. Play is the ultimate mindfulness.
Do not let play be the first thing that gets lost when stress overrides our lives.
Playfulness is a subtle art. It is bordered by silliness on one side and rudeness on the other side. Be careful to ensure you never are in either of those territories. Men, this is especially critical to us as our culture lets too many sexist, racist and homophobic attitudes slide as humor. Always remember that playfulness is not the same as being funny. I’m not a very funny person, I try to avoid making people laugh. what I strive to do is make people feel included in my curiosity and exploration.
Good playfulness should always connect, never divide.
Take your play seriously! But don’t take yourself too seriously. Point out your own flaws and imperfections in a humorous, confident way. Sincere self-deprecation can be powerful.
People will strive for your success when you show up with playful energy. Make the other person genuinely feel special and watch the magic happen. Playfulness is a gentle invitation for others to follow you if they want to.
Playfulness will reflect in your body language. This is very inviting, and a whole lot of what folks mean as charisma stems from this spark.
By practicing playfulness you will develop an attitude of irreverence where you are in touch with yourself and avoid negativity and drama.
So reflect and ask yourself these questions:
- How can you approach life with more playfulness? What would happen if you were more playful in your daily life?
- Where are you lacking playfulness?
- Who is someone playful you admire? What makes them playful?
- If you approached life in a more playful way, what brave decisions would you make?
- How would you show up differently if you were to embrace playfulness?
- How can you invite more play into your life?