Can you remember the last time you played on a swing or whizzed down a slide? Or, an occasion where you fell about laughing after doing something silly?
If the answer is no, then it might be time to inject some fun back into your life.
According to Richard Wiseman, professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, every adult could ‘benefit from an afternoon in a giant playground’.
“Giant swings, slides and see-saws”
“Research shows that being playful makes us happier, more open-minded, gets the creative juices flowing, helps us bond together and can even help those suffering from depression,” he explains. “Humans are hardwired to play, and this doesn’t stop in childhood.”
Well, now you have a chance to step away from your screen and have a jolly good time recreating the memories of yester-year because seed food brand 9Nine is setting up The Playground, a play area for adults with giant swings, slides and see-saws. Yes!
“Play is in our DNA”
The free event is being held at London Fields in Hackney between 29-30 July and will give grown-ups an hour on the equipment, as part of a move to raise awareness around the benefits of play on happiness and wellbeing. There’ll also be DJs, refreshments and 9Nine snacks.
“In a world where our actions are usually dictated by what we have to do, we wanted to provide a place where people could come and let go and feel happy and free without any stress or rules,” explains 9Nine marketing director, Kerry Collinge.
“Happiness is at the heart of our brand and while we feel we have nailed the nutritional side of things, we wanted to do something that gave physical presence to a topic that we believe needs more column inches. Play is in our DNA – we’re simply bringing the right tools to the table.”
“We grow old because we stop playing”
The event runs between: 11am-10pm on Saturday 29 July and 11am-9pm on Sunday 30 July
But Relax Ya Self to Health has a pair of tickets for the exclusive VIP launch night on Friday 28 July.
To enter the competition, please comment on this post naming your favourite childhood game and subscribe to my blog here so that I can contact you should you win.
The draw will take place on 12 July. Good luck!
As George Bernard Shaw once said: “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
For more information visit: http://9ninebrand.com