Great News! Play is Part of a Balanced Life

May 6, 2022

I’ve been reflecting on the significance of maintaining a healthy psychological well-being, and a huge part of it is something that may seem unimportant but is actually essential: play. The changing seasons remind me to soak in life as it goes and live in the moment, and that includes play time.

Play is essential for living a balanced, five core life, but it’s also important in any endeavor you take, business or otherwise. Work-work-work-work is absolutely not healthy; you need to have some play to balance it out for your psychological well-being. 

Play at Work: The Balance for Your Psychological Well-Being

You’ve probably heard of businesses and companies that include aspects of play for their employees. Google and Airbnb have offices designed to inspire creativity and activity. Kohl’s has associates exploring and designing creative ways to engage customers. Pixar may have the most play, with a cereal bar, pool, and secret offices. 

The truth is, incorporating play into the workplace is something that’s done all over the world. A study on Indeed.com mentioned that businesses such as Dell, Nike, Capital One, and Cisco make it important to include aspects of play in the workplace.

These companies don’t include play just because they want more people to work for them; they do it for the psychological well-being of their employees, because the balance makes them more creative and productive. Their creativity and productivity leads to their happiness, which is essential for leading a healthy five core life. Balancing work and play is essential for people to deal with the chaos that is life.

Why Do You Need to Balance Your Life?

The idea of “balance” sounds perfect, because it means you’ll be productive in every aspect of life and improve your psychological well=being. A “work-life balance” is extremely ideal; check out this article on Forbesabout the work-life balance and what that actually means.

Do you know what the most productive nation in the world is? It’s Luxembourg. And do you know why? It’s because they strive to maintain the balance of work life and play life. 

Meanwhile, the least productive nation is Japan. Why? Because they make their employees work such long hours and get very little product in return. 

Contrastingly, France has passed a law that allows workers to ignore emails while they are on vacation, and they mandate 25 vacation days per year. The range of these countries is a great example of what a balanced life, or an unbalanced life, can look like.

So, if you only take one thing away from this blog today, let it be this: make sure you play. It’s crucial to building momentum for your five core life. Without play, your psychological well-being will be uncared for and you’ll be miserable. Keep your life balanced, and make sure you pay attention to each core equally.

Want to know where you stand in the five values of life tied to happiness (your five cores)? Take this two-minute Core Values Quiz to get your core score in the five values of life.

Will Moore is a gamification, habits and happiness expert.

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