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So why are fun, laughter and play so important?

Today’s Relevance of Relaxation

Relaxation has progressively grown into a necessity, albeit one that requires nuance. Play and humour are generally positively experienced, as something that is perceived as fun and enjoyable. Yet fun is a more complex concept that is on the one hand colloquially depicted as an “experience of joy”, while it is also perceived as a state of mind that leads the psyche and body away from serious tasks. Yet with today’s heaps of evidence, it has become increasingly evident that relaxation clears the head and fosters creativity.

Mastering the Art of Play

Amidst of all the playing, expertise rules. Besides a means to relax the mind, playing (games) fuelled by intrinsic motivation is also a way to develop competences. By adopting the principles of games, motivation can be increased, behaviour can be influenced and experiences can intensify.

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Social grease in a network society

In the domain of communications, humour is imperative. It increases both the quality as well as frequency of interpersonal communication. More so, humour communicates values, beliefs and expectations. It facilitates socialisation and serves as a social bonding function.

"Humor is a social lubricant that helps us get over some of the bad spots." - Steve Allen

Creative solutions for challenging problems

Humour and laughter are fruitful ways to spur creativity. Humour enables a shift in perspective and stimulates in taking a fresh look at a problem or phenomenon, by questioning existing assumptions.

Increasing resilience in disquieting times

Humour works as a coping mechanism: it helps to relief stress, reduces anxiety and puts things in perspective. Furthermore, the escapist nature of humour helps to distance from the problem.

Laughter is healthy

Both physically and mentally, humour and laughter can be tremendously effective. Positive emotions help loosen the grip of negative emotions on people’s thinking. This results in a more positive self-image, lower levels of anxiety and depression and greater overall fulfilment in life.

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Note for the future

Considering the ever-accelerating pace in today’s society, the desire for relaxation and recreation will only mount. It’s difficult to designate and sum up all the possible outlets, but humour and fun will most certainly continue to play an important role in this respect. We need humour to be able to cope in a complex and uncertain world and take a positive view of today and tomorrow. It is a way of surviving the often harsh reality.

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The ideology of laughter, fun and play

Young people are all about enjoying life. Facilitated and stimulated by the Internet, they consciously take time off to have a good time. Although they are ambitious and feel that the pressure is on, they are also very aware that the pursuit to success shouldn’t come at any price, particularly since they’ve witnessed –often at first hand- the toll it has taken on their parents as well as other generations before them. For many young people today, having fun outweighs the desire to win. Specifically on the web, humour is all-pervasive. While the masters in self-mockery are considered the new heroes, joy is increasing in power. Humour and play are gaining more ground and form a fertile outlet for self-expression, and a key ingredient for communication.

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