Woman bowling

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You don't have to look far to see examples of play at work in the world. It always makes me feel soulful and happy when I watch Ellen DeGeneres dance at the start of her daily talk show. Ellen is just being herself—her playful, creative self, dancing for the sheer fun of it. Then, the audience starts standing up and dancing with her. Each day, fans cheer for the ritual to continue. Dancing at the start of the show has become her signature—a way for Ellen to connect with her audience. Her carefree individual style of play has given others the permission to do the same.

Take a dance class, go bowling, play cards, ride a bike, take a hike, have fun. And play often.