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Backed by the latest research, Play explains why play is essential to our social skills, adaptability, intelligence, creativity, ability to problem solve and more.

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From a leading expert, a groundbreaking book on the science of play, and its essential role in fueling our happiness and intelligence throughout our lives.

We've all seen the happiness on the face of a child while playing in the school yard. Or the blissful abandon of a golden retriever racing across a lawn. This is the joy of play. By definition, play is purposeless, all-consuming, and fun. But as Dr. Stuart Brown illustrates, play is anything but trivial. It is a biological drive as integral to our health as sleep or nutrition. We are designed by nature to flourish through play.

Particularly in tough times, we need to play more than ever, as it's the very means by which we prepare for the unexpected, search out new solutions, and remain optimistic. A fascinating blend of cutting-edge neuroscience, biology, psychology, social science, and inspiring human stories of the transformative power of play, this book proves why play just might be the most important work we can ever do.

"Sprinkled with anecdotes demonstrating the play habits of subjects as diverse as polar bears and corporate CEOs, Brown and co-writer Vaughan present a compelling case for promoting play at every age." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“Finally, a good excuse to goof off. . . . [Brown] builds a compelling case for the importance of recreation to success and creativity—and insists that grown-ups need it too.” ---Discover

Play is a compelling guilt-busting book . . . Speckled with jolly anecdotes.” ---Kansas City Star
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How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

Author Stuart Brown, MD, Christopher Vaughan

Narrated by Michael Hinton

Publication date May 16, 2017

Running time 7 hrs 3 min

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