Good Read

Games for grownups

Reasons to play every day


  • Expand your interests
  • Think more clearly
  • Sleep better
  • Improve your mood
  • Increase happiness
  • Grow confidence
  • Reduce stress
  • Feel powerful
  • Learn a new skill
  • Because you want to!

When was the last time you played checkers or tag, brushed up on your watercolor painting, or danced to the radio in your living room? If you haven’t cut loose in a while, maybe it’s time to reconnect with your playful side. In Permission to Play (Sourcebooks, 2003), author Jill Murphy Long encourages duty-obsessed women to devote a little time each day to the pursuit of happiness through play. “We need to have some passion, some interest, some hobby in our lives regularly that’s not work,” she says. “It’s never too late to learn to belly dance or ice climb, rollerblade, play tennis—anything—as long as it’s fun.” In this small but mighty book, Long offers motivational tips, common-sense advice, and a wealth of creative ideas for getting playful, whether it’s taking a stroll during your lunch break or leaping over piles of laundry in the hall.

—Elisa Bosley