There’s a stop light in Palawan that demonstrates a different application of fun theory. It demonstrates how playfulness can transform something mundane into something enticing. In this case, a stop light. Avi Laran explains:
“Playfulness, motion and pleasant surprise, create positive emotions. Looking at the dashing green light runner made me smile, stop and film it.
“In our work, we found appropriate playfulness (especially during challenging times) is a great quality that enhances relationship thus contribute to increase engagement.”
Appropriate playfulness. The green light runner speeds up as the light is about to change, demonstrating the very behavior that a wise pedestrian should follow. Demonstrating, but not demanding. Just a fun animation that is probably far more effective than the silent threat of displaying numbers counting down in getting people to move when they need to.
It’s funny, in a sad kind of way, how commonsense playfulness can be, and yet how many obstacles have to be overcome in order for it to be put into practice.
A playful path is the shortest road to happiness.
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