Play is not frivolous.
It is critical to bonding with others.
It also helps us to solve problems.
Isabel Behncke Izquierdo studies the social behavior of primates in Congo.
She explored how the play of adult bonobos can offer insights into human laughter.
Play opens us up to creativity and our capacity for wonder and exploration.
Her talk shows us may be critically important for us to relearn how to play more.
In order to begin unravelling conflict. Not just in our personal lives, but also globally.
I am reminded of US President Ronald Reagan playfulness saving the day with Soviet President Gorbachev.
On their initial meeting in Iceland, you could have cut the tension with a knife.
They had been introduced, but Reagan, sensing the stress, smiled and said, let’s start over again.
My name is Ronald Reagan…
Smiles all around. His playfulness eased the tension and they had productive talks as a result. They connected on a human level.
We do this in Laughter Yoga. We focus on allowing our inner 6-year old to come out and play.
When that happens, joy permeated the room and we feel little defensiveness. Instead we connect with others more deeply and see them as potential friends.
It is the play that does it. Along with laughter and smiles.
About Isabel Behncke’s TED Talk
Here is Isabel Behncke Izquierdo’s TED Talk. Just over 6 minutes.
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