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Why We Play: How to find joy and meaning in everyday life

Joanna Fortune

6 Reviews

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Autobiography: general

An essential toolkit about the transformative power of play in our everyday lives.

Discover how to reconnect with the child in you and unlock the transformative power of play to live a more joyful life.

Can you remember the utter delight of playing chase in the park, flying a kite in the summer breeze, or sinking your hands into a box of paints? As children, playing is how we make sense of the world and our place in it. Why then, as adults, do we forget how to play?

Drawing on over twenty years of neuroscientific research, psychotherapist Joanna Fortune has discovered that play is the key to living a happier and more meaningful life. She shares the social, emotional, and physical health benefits of why it's so good for us, including how to:

- Practice micro moments of joy to boost positive mood
- Embrace wonderment to help unlock creativity and problem solving
- Find the fun in your everyday to alleviate stress
- Use storytelling to heal from trauma and find emotional resilience
- Nurture a holiday state of mind to rest your brain and recharge
- Utilise simple techniques to repair and strengthen relationships

From the first blissful sip of freshly brewed coffee to an immune-boosting good laugh with close friends, this ground-breaking book shows how play is rooted in our daily experiences. With helpful insights, tips, and exercises, you'll discover the tiny changes that will revolutionise your life and why you're never too old for play.

Fans of Atomic Habits and Solve for Happy will love Why We Play.

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Praise for Why We Play: How to find joy and meaning in everyday life

  • 'Joanna's books give you every answer to every question you have as a parent with practical methods to tackle every obstacle and connect with your child and help them flourish.'

  • 'In an "Age of Anxiety" for parents, Joanna was able to dispense reassuring advice and practical tips from her 15 Minute Parenting Model for time-pressed parents who want the very best for their children's development and well-being.'

  • 'All of my friends love this. It's expert advice but... accessible and smart and actually kind of fun. All the exercises are easily implemented... this book is well broken down so that whatever crisis you're dealing with today you can check the chapter outline and jump straight to the few pages (and solutions) about that issue...'

  • 'A must read for all parents! Absolutely loving this book. Joanna has a no frills, relaxed attitude towards parenting & brings fun into it. She made me realise that we don't need to question ourselves as much as we do. Don't sweat the small stuff & roll with it!'

  • 'Absolutely love this! I've read multiple parenting books as a daddy blogger and this is BY FAR one of my favorites!'

  • 'When I tried Joanna's approach during the first lockdown, I was both comforted and excited by how such a small change could have such a big impact.'

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