There’s a difference between being child-like and childish. A playful personality is the perfect example. People who are playful can have fun in any situation. It turns out this personality trait can improve overall wellbeing as well.
If you’re not typically a playful person, there’s good news, you can learn to adopt this personality trait to improve your wellbeing.
A recent study published in the journal Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, shows that playful personality traits can be learned.
How The Study Worked
Study participants were randomly divided into three experimental groups and one placebo group. Each night before bed, the two experimental groups were given one of these exercises to:
- Write out three playful things you did today.
- Write about an experience you had (at any time) where you had to act playfully in an unexpected or new way.
- What did you notice about yourself through the playful behaviour you exhibited today.
These questions come from positive psychology and are aimed at reinforcing the positive aspects of playfulness in their personality.
The placebo group’s activity had no influence on playfulness and therefore saw no positive correlation.
When the results were in, the researchers were pleased to see that the participants in the experimental groups participated in more playful activities throughout the weeks. This showed an improvement in their overall well-being.
Increase Playfulness and Wellbeing In Your Own Life
The benefits of these exercises are not only limited to the people in the study. You can increase your level of playfulness by using the three questions from the study before bed. Journaling has also been shown to reduce dress and have a positive impact on mental health.
People who exhibit playfulness are happier and less quick to feel bored. In turn, they find their lives and relationships more interesting and enjoyable. Use this exercise to try on the trait of playfulness and see what it has to offer you!