Playful Intelligence: The Power Of Living Lightly In A Serious World by Anthony T. DebenedetPlayful Intelligence: The Power Of Living Lightly In A Serious World by Anthony T. Debenedet

Playful Intelligence: The Power Of Living Lightly In A Serious World

byAnthony T. Debenedet

Paperback | May 11, 2018

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As adults, we have more responsibilities than we could have ever imagined growing up. Learning the work of marriage. Navigating the bumpy terrain of parenting. Maintaining social relationships. Facing grave hardship. Finding contentment in our career.

As the years pass by, we sense how the good things in life are so often eclipsed by stress. We find ourselves doing everything we can just to endure adulthood, all the while wondering whether we are actually enjoying it. This is exactly why Dr. Anthony T. DeBenedet decided to writePlayful Intelligence: The Power of Living Lightly in a Serious World, to show readers how playfulness helps us counterbalance the seriousness of adulthood.

Five years ago, my life was becoming more intense and stressful," DeBenedet says. "My relationships, clinical work as a physician, and basic interactions with the world were blurring into a frazzled mosaic. Going through the motions became my norm, and every day brought busyness and exhaustion. I thought about whether I was depressed. I didn'apos;t think I was. Anxious? Sure, but aren'apos;t we all anxious on some level? I also thought about the lifestyle factors that could be making me feel this way. Was I getting enough sleep? Was I exercising regularly? Was I eating healthy? Was I playing and remembering to be playful?"

Today, we live in a taxing world. The endless pressure to keep up with our responsibilities and the daily headlines swarming around us can be overwhelming. DeBenedet'apos;s work comes at a time when stress, uncertainty, and intensity levels are high. Playful Intelligence shows adults that there is a way to live lighter--and smarter--as we navigate the seriousness of adulthood. It'apos;s not about taking life less seriously; it'apos;s about taking ourselves less seriously.

The book'apos;s core chapters are devoted to exploring the effects and benefits of five playful qualities: imagination, sociability, humor, spontaneity, and wonder. By examining playfulness as a sum of its parts, readers will gain a working awareness of its power and be able to apply playful principles to their own lives, bringing the magic of childhood back into their day-to-day existence. The book also offers practical suggestions on how to make life more playful in nature."
Anthony T. DeBenedet, M.D. is a practicing physician and behavioral-science enthusiast. His interviews and writings have run in various media outlets, including theNew York Times, theToday show, theWashington Post, andTIME Ideas. He also co-authoredThe Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It (Quirk ...
Title:Playful Intelligence: The Power Of Living Lightly In A Serious WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.58 inPublished:May 11, 2018Publisher:Santa Monica PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1595800859

ISBN - 13:9781595800855

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Editorial Reviews

In his current work, DeBenedet (coauthor,The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It) encourages readers to reintroduce playfulness into their personalities to reduce the negative effect that the intensity of adulthood" has on living a life of quality. After researching 40 behavioral qualities associated with playfulness, the author selected the five most highly valued--imagination, sociability, humor, spontaneity, and wonder--to serve as the foundation for his theory of playful intelligence, defined as an extension of the "intrapersonal and interpersonal intelligence" skills needed to navigate life without relinquishing joy. Each of the characteristics is discussed throughout, providing ways to awaken the dormant resiliency traits of youth. Verdict: A timely reminder for anyone who feels overwhelmed by daily "adulting" stressors and seeks to revive the psychological flexibility of childhood.--Library Journal"