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Good news, all you adults riddled with stress and general burdens of being a mature, contributing member of society: we should all be playing more. Research suggests some solid amount of R&R is good for more than just blowing off some steam. A study published in the American Journal of Play found that playfulness can be important when it comes to selecting a romantic partner. Another study looked at a specific activity that's a whole lot of fun-skiing-and found that people can get outside of themselves in a positive way. Other research suggests this sense of "losing oneself" in a certain activity is one of the positive attributes of "fun." Even something as simple as coloring in a coloring book can have a host of positive outcomes for people-including reduced levels of anxiety and stress.
Playfulness may help adults attract mates, study finds (Science Daily)
Why do adults continue to play throughout their lives while most other mature mammals cease such behavior? According to researchers, playfulness may serve an evolutionary role in human mating preferences by signaling positive qualities to potential long-term mates."
Coloring Isn't Just For Kids. It Can Actually Help Adults Combat Stress (Huffington Post)
"As we grow older, we put aside our crayons and colored pencils in favor of more respectable writing utensils like pens and highlighters. However, it turns out coloring can be beneficial for adults -- namely for its de-stressing power."