Practice Series: Playdates Are for Grown-ups Too

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“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” —Plato

The theme for this month's Practice Series is PLAY.

Playing alone is fun, but playing with someone else can be even better—a wonderful way to connect, create joy, and nurture your relationship with another person. So this week we’re going to take the hand of a playmate and leap onto the playground of life with a little game.

Here’s how it goes:

  1. Think of a person who lives near you who brings out the silliest side of you.
  2. Make a date to play with them. (You might want to send them the link to this practice as an invitation.) 
  3. On that playdate, take turns coming up with goofy things to do. The person whose turn it is says “Let’s …” and gives their idea, and the other person says “Yes, let’s” and you do it! For example, Kim says “Let’s skip down the sidewalk.” Mary says “Yes, let’s!” And you do it. Then Mary says “Let’s run through those sprinklers” and Kim says “Yes, let’s” and you run through the sprinklers. Keep alternating until you’re done, and then thank your playmate. 

A few other ideas: 

  • Go shopping wearing feather boas, fake mustaches, or silly hats.
  • See if you can get a stranger to laugh.
  • Have a conversation in gibberish.
  • Make believe you’re going on an expedition.


Please share in the comments below: What's one of your favorite ways to play with friends?  

 

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Gwen Gordon

About

Gwen Gordon is an Emmy-winning writer and creative director who began a life of play building Muppets for “Sesame Street.” She has been an artist-in-residence in settings ranging from the MIT Media Lab and Xerox PARC to San Quentin Prison. Gwen earned her master’s degree in philosophy and is a pioneer in the field of adult developmental play, publishing and teaching widely on the subject, including for the films “What the Bleep Do We Know!?” and “The Story of Stuff.” She blogs for Huffington Post and is producing a PBS special called "NOW Playing." Gwen is in the process of developing programs and coaching services for people who are interested in unleashing their playful true nature. Sign up HERE if you’re interested.


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