On the surface, play doesn’t seem to have utility value, but multiple studies reveal that it’s fundamental to our health. The absence of it can literally make us sick and weigh down on our spirits. Brené Brown says, “the opposite of play is not work—the opposite of play is depression.”

During this particularly challenging phase in history, we now have to be deliberate and creative when it comes to play and enjoyment and make it part of our self-care practice. If you want to start having more fun in your life, you’ll enjoy this post where I outline five steps you can take.