As I mentioned in my last post, I’m going to devote a few weeks’ worth of postings to the topic of developing emotional intelligence. But just as I sat down this morning to begin writing, a friend alerted me to a lovely blog from the New York Times about the importance of play to the emotional (and physical and academic) development of children. Faithful readers know I sometimes write about children and emotional intelligence (see, for instance, this post and that post), so I’m compelled to pass this NYT blog on, too.
Of course, I recommend it even if you don’t have children, as play (or recreation, or relaxation, or whatever you want to call those things we do that aren’t work) is crucial for grown-ups, too. It gives us perspective. It often makes us move our bodies. It gives us time to enjoy family and friends (and sometimes strangers). It keeps us human.