The Power of Play

Friedrich Schiller on Why Play Makes Us Whole

Can play make us whole? Friedrich Schiller thought so. Schiller wrote the book On the Aesthetic Education of Man in the 1700s. And his argument is that play makes us whole as humans. This is perhaps an unusual claim, but his ideas are surprisingly relevant to us today. Here’s a bit of context on Schiller’s… Continue reading Friedrich Schiller on Why Play Makes Us Whole

Called to Adventure, Enchantment

Ash Perrin on Why Your Imagination Matters

Your imagination matters! Even if you are adult. To explain why, let me tell you about a professional playologist named Ash Perrin. Ash Perrin started a group called The Flying Seagull Project.  This project is a group of jugglers, clowns and entertainers. They take play into the most surprising places, like children’s hospitals and refugee… Continue reading Ash Perrin on Why Your Imagination Matters

The Power of Play, What is Good?

Aristotle on Eutrapelia, the Virtue of Playfulness

Did you know there is actually a virtue of playfulness? It's called eutrapelia. If you are like a lot of people, you probably think of play as belonging to the arena of childhood. You might even think—and you would be right—that play is essential for healthy child development. However, if you are like a lot… Continue reading Aristotle on Eutrapelia, the Virtue of Playfulness

Enchantment, The Power of Play, Wonder and Enchantment

Embracing a Playful Life: An Interview with Paige Hankla

What if all of us could live a more playful life? I believe we can. This week I got to interview my friend Paige. I met Paige years ago and knew instantly I wanted to get to know her better. She has mastered the art of embracing a playful life. Paige is the mastermind and… Continue reading Embracing a Playful Life: An Interview with Paige Hankla