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A fun way to feel more energetic this week

🐱 Today’s tip: Make time for play.

You make time to work, and probably you make time for your Important Hobbies with Tangible Results (quarantine macrame, anyone?) But what about just regular old pointless play? Ruth Terry writes on Medium about how in pandemic times, she’s learned life lessons from her cats, including the importance of play. As Terry puts it, all work and no play can lead to “depressive boredom, a ‘mix of lethargy and agitation and restlessness,’ that studies show can have negative mental health effects.” That’s why it’s actually important to play like cats do, “with no hopes of achievement or a goal in mind… just grabbing a toy and playing for the hell of it.” Just try not to shred the couch cushions, okay?

😸 More from Forge on the importance of play:

Play Is Dangerous. It’s Also Essential.

Don’t Save Your Fun For the End of the Day
Read more>>

Now Is the Time for Low-Stakes Hobbies

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Amy Shearn

Formerly: Editor of Creators Hub, Human Parts // Ongoingly: Novelist, Essayist, Person