Eureka I’ve found it!
A delightful morning was spent in Halifax at the play conference held at Eureka, a museum for children dedicated to play, learning and having fun! Presentations were given from a wide variety of eminent speakers, many specialists in the field of all things related to play, its research, findings and recommendations for the future.
Laughology were asked to present around how laughter, humour and play can help positive brain development, grow children’s confidence and nurture friendships. Starting off with a good game of ‘Simon Says’ seemed to be an excellent way to get the audience buzzing. We moved on to look at how children could use their ‘good humour tools’ to build relationships, resilience and confidence.
Moving on to learning about our neurochemicals where some willing volunteers improvised a scene on neurochemical reactions with great acting skills, much to the amusement of the audience!
The good news is, play is an excellent idea for all of us young and old! It keeps us creative, better able to problem solve and helps us to release our happy hormones. For workplaces, schools and any organisation wanting to improve well-being, innovation and productivity ask yourself how much time you dedicate to allowing the brain to imagine and play. You just need to look at companies like Google, Apple and American Airlines to see the positive commercial impact. So c’mon, who’s for a game of hide and seek?