Play for the Happy Win

Watching our Arizona State University Sun Devil football team play this season has been challenging.  There have been lots of changes including the release of a famous coach.  My hubby, Den, has gotten upset and proclaimed he'll give up our season tickets next year.

My answer is, "Den, we're fans - to enjoy watching the team play and support the young players pursue their dream of sport success."  Plus, cheering at a game reminds us as fans how wonderful "play" is.

Consider this quote from author, George Bernard Shaw: "We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." *

Try This: Play for the Happy Win

When was the last time you played a card game, enjoyed a round of golf, or tossed a ball for a dog? The idea is simple, when we play, our endorphins start making us feel happier. Jumpstart your mood by playing like this:

  • Visit a playground and swing - Being active stimulates the neurons that fire in the brain.**
  • Read a racy novel or great mystery - Escape into your imagination.
  • Dance around the room to a favorite pop tune - Even in the car, you can bop around!
  • Make something with Legos or building blocks - Or grab a deck and make a house of cards.
  • Get down on the floor with a child, grandchild or pet and some toys - Activity is more fun when playing face to face.
  • Play cards or a board game with the family - When others are not available, play solitaire, word search, mahjong or other game on your computer.

The excitement of winning while playing often brings a smile, a hoot of joy, and maybe even a "yahoo!"

* George Bernard Shaw quote:
** Kids activity quote:

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