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Playfulness Equals Happiness

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"Silly Girl" by Brittni Gee Photography

I know, I know, I canít shut up about my job. I love it.

Mainly, it must be said, because of the other people I work with. Not only are they intelligent and professional, I am coming to realise that we all share one very important but underrated quality Ė playfulness.

We work hard, but we also laugh and joke around. Being from all over the world, we play with language, teaching each other phrases. We greet each other in French, use affectionate Japanese suffixes, we giggle at each otherís (okay, itís mainly my) inability to correctly pronounce anything at all in Filipino or Thai.

When I get home from work, I usually crash out on the couch, one eye on the laptop, one eye on the TV. I am relaxed, I guess, and Iím enjoying myself in a sense, but thereís nothing quite so brilliant to decrease stress and increase motivation as a good belly laugh.

To be silly for the sake of it; to lose our self-consciousness; to laugh at ourselves and take delight in each other Ė these are the pillars of childhood that seems to crumble away in our teenage years.

"Big Fun" by Ernst Moeksis

When was the last time you jumped up on a swing set? Balanced along a ledge? Told a silly joke, or pulled out your weirdest dance moves?

Playfulness is more than just clowning around. It is realising that we arenít here to take life too seriously, but to live it; enjoy it; to suck the marrow from its bones and savour it.

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