Finding a Playground that Sets You Free

Keeping your feet on the ground is the number one cause of boring, uninspired lives. In addition to taking care of ourselves and our families, we have every right to play and lead fun, fulfilling and interesting lives. It’s one thing to know that and another to figure out how to do it. Especially if your feet have been on …

Justin Fortier (Cupcake) on the PlayGrounding Podcast

Married to a Joker: How My Husband Turns Heartache into Random Acts of Joy

This episode is posted a day late. Yes, I’m busted. The reason is that it was SO HARD to interview this particular person, let alone edit it. He’s a handful. He’s my husband. He’s the reason this podcast exists and the person who came up with its name. His name is Cupcake. Yes, Cupcake. Hear how the heartache of his …

Michelle Barton, Producer & Actor on PlayGrounding

How Play Helps Us Show Up (Even When We Don’t Feel Like It)

Have you ever had a moment when you just needed to “show up” but couldn’t feel any less like being there? Many of us have, whether it be obligations to our jobs, families or friends. But oftentimes, “putting on a happy face” can be the least constructive approach. In this episode, actress and producer Michelle Barton shares tips from the …

What is Your Play Personality?

“Play is a state of mind, rather than an activity.” – Dr. Stuart Brown This week we get ready for a new round of upcoming guests by exploring the eight “Play Personalities” from Dr. Brown’s book, Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. I look at the play personalities as a kind of menu. …

What Does Play Have To Do With Health, Wellness and Professional Fulfillment?

Amazing things happen inside of our brains when we play. As Dr. Stuart Brown wrote, play is “a profound biological process. It has evolved over eons in many animal species to promote survival. It shapes the brain and makes animals smarter and more adaptable. In higher animals, it fosters empathy and makes possible complex social groups. For us, play lies …