Entering the Play Zone
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Written by Edie Weinstein-Moser   

 Are you ready to take off your ‘responsible adult costume’ in favor of something more colorful and casual?  When was the last time you allowed yourself to feel like a care-free child?  Too busy working?  According to an article in New Yorker Magazine (Issue 11-28-2005), entitled “No Work and No Play”, journalist James Surowiecki explains:

“In the nineteen-fifties and sixties, it was a commonplace that Americans would soon devote their lives to leisure, not work. The number of hours the average American worked had fallen by almost twenty-five per cent between 1900 and 1950, and pundits saw no reason for the trend to stop. By the end of the twentieth century, the futurist Herman Kahn prophesied in 1967, Americans would enjoy thirteen weeks of vacation and a four-day work week. The challenge, it seemed, would be figuring out what to do with all our free time.

Kahn was wrong. Today, Americans work about as many hours each year as they did in 1970, and, instead of thirteen weeks of vacation, the average American now gets four (and that includes holidays).

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But there is a place that has got considerably closer to the leisure society of the futurists’ dreams—Western Europe. The French work twenty-eight per cent fewer hours per person than Americans, and the Germans put in twenty-five per cent fewer hours. Compared with Europeans, a higher percentage of American adults work, they work more hours per week, and they work more weeks per year.”

These statistics don’t even touch on the remainder of the day taken up by managing a household, raising children, paying bills, going to school and a myriad of oth er tasks that the average American is called on to perform daily.

 The health toll that overworking and under-playing can take is enormous. Somatic conditions such as headaches, gastro-intestinal symptoms, fatigue and muscle pain, abound. Mental health struggles thrive in an environment where work and leisure are imbalanced. Depression and anxiety run rampant, and addictions thrive, when people feel they have no outlet for their stress.  People need more Play!

The Play Zone offers Harmony Channel participants a joyous opportunity to learn about and experience ways to ‘disconnect from seriousness’. After your journey into Play, you are still welcome to re-connect into responsible adulthood, but you may not want to!  This Zone will introduce you to fun vacation spots, ideas for party planning, tools for outreach and meeting new friends, the hottest nightclubs and social trends, enlivening hobbies, and a variety of tools, tips, and toys for maintaining a dynamic balance in your life. 

Come play with us!


Edie Weinstein-Moser
About the author:

Edie Weinstein-Moser, LSW is a social worker, interfaith minister, writer, speaker and clown, who finds that the peace she discovers on the yoga mat follows her off the mat. She can be reached via her website at www.liveinjoy.com or 215-249-9190.

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