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Play refers to a range of voluntary, intrinsically motivated activities that are normally associated with pleasure and enjoyment.[1] Play is commonly associated with children, but Positive psychology has stressed that play is imperative for all higher-functioning animals, even adult humans.

The rites of play are evident throughout nature and are perceived in people and animals, particularly in the cognitive development and socialization of those engaged in developmental processes and the young. Play often entertains props, tools, animals, or toys in the context of learning and recreation. That is, some hypothesize that play is preparation of skills that will be used later. Others appeal to modern findings in neuroscience to argue that play is actually about training a general flexibility of mind – including highly adaptive practices like training multiple ways to do the same thing, or playing with an idea that is ‘good enough’ in the hopes of maybe making it better.

Some play has clearly defined goals and when structured with rules is called a game. Whereas, some play exhibits no such goals nor rules and is considered to be "unstructured" in the literature. Play promotes Broaden and build behaviours as well as mental states of Happiness – including Flow.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Play_(activity)


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