playfulness in Palawan

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.


  1. Ann Duncan on June 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    LOVE it!!! Demonstrating, not demanding. Commonsense, indeed. Thanks.

  2. Lily on June 21, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    That’s cute!

    It reminds me of a red light we have in town. I made a pact with myself when I became a laughter leader to laugh when stopped at red lights. It makes the wait more fun. But sometimes I forget. One red light in town (and only one) looks like a smiley face. It has something to do with the way the light hits it. Nobody else has noticed it, but when I point it out to them, they always see it. I’ve tried taking a picture, but I haven’t been able to get one to turn out. Anyway, seeing my smiley face red light helps me to remember to laugh at that one at least.

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