As you know from perusing my extended (perhaps over-extended) exploration of the kinds of fun, this site, as well as I, are not here to talk about just any old kind of fun. In fact, I’d go further, and say, quite narrowly, that we are particularly interested in just one kind of fun – the kind of fun that we experience when we are part of a well-played game.
That kind of fun is, of course, not restricted to games. We can experience it when we are dancing, or making love, or playing with children or pets, even. This is probably what makes it so powerful, and so vivid, when it happens in a sport, where the only stated objective is to win. Where the only tangible reward comes from winning. And still we manage to create moments of profound, often mystical harmony, spontaneity, shared excellence.
As you read these many posts, and you find me talking about things like fun coaching, it’s the well-played game kind of fun I’m teaching and sharing and pointing to. When I write about the fun connections between play, laughter, health and happiness, it’s the connection to the experience of playing well together that I’m describing. Or the playful path, this is the kind of play. Even when I write about how fun is easy, this, again, is the fun of the well-played-game kind.
This kind of fun, as notable of an achievement as it is in sports, is just as notable, but even more achievable in games – especially in my kind of games – the playful games whose sole purpose is to keep you in play together. Because in that laughing together we are sharing the wonder of the fun we create, the love we manifest, the mind-body-soul-deep wellness we share, the momentary lowering of the divisions that separate us.
A playful path is the shortest road to happiness.
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