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It's Christmas Day, play like a child!

Did you ever wonder why children like Christmas so much? They like the presents, especially the toys and games that allow them to play.  They like getting together with cousins to play.  They like the wonder of the Christmas story and the excitement of Christmas programs.  In an article from Prevention Magazine, authors Cathy Perlmutter and Sharon Stocker reported several techniques for reducing stress during the holidays.  Included in their suggestions is that adults need to learn to play like a child.  "We need to laugh; we need to be playful and creative.  These traits come naturally to children, but as adults we need a lot of help to get there."  How can we regain some of our more stress-free childhood?  This year, bring out some toys and games, especially ones from your past.  Marbles, jacks, pick-up sticks and tiddlywinks-these age old childhood games may stimulate the healthy child that lies dormant in the stressed-out adult.  Plus, they're inexpensive and not high tech, and are sure to cause some laughter.
Want to hear some great belly laughs?  Give everyone who wants to participate a try on the Hula-Hoop (not too soon after dinner, though).  Those who'd rather not try the Hula-Hoop are sure to join in the laughter!  Or get everyone involved with a more current game like Pictionary, Scattergories, or Apples to Apples.  Playing helps us forget about being adults for a bit, along with the heavy responsibilities that comes with being an adult.  It also helps us build relationships with each other and the children in our lives.  When we take time to play and laugh, it helps us reduce stress, and increase the love we have for one another.
Okay.crack out those games, don't cheat, don't pout if you lose, and have a wonderful Christmas day today!

posted on: 12/25/2007 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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