'Play Create Elevate' Resources are sorted into the following categories, you can use these links to navigate around the resources that are of interest to you: are sorted into the following categories:
- Play & Creativity... Resources & Ideas
- Well-Being, Meditation & Relaxation... Resources & Ideas
- Advocacy & Support Services & Academic Research
- Youth Services
- Reading, Video & Audio
Reading, Video & Audio
This list is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Reading includes books and journals. Video includes YouTube, movies, DVD's etc. Audio includes pod casts, sound tracks and CD's.
Daniel H Pink aka Dan Pink
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future charts the rise of right-brain thinking in modern economies and describes the six abilities individuals and organizations must master in an outsourced, automated age.
Kay Redfield Jamison
A Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness Picador, 1995
In 1995 Kay Redfield Jamison was a professor of Psychiatry at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine and a diagnosed Type 1 Manic Depressive.
In 1995, upon it's publication Oliver Sacks said of this book, "it stands alone in the literature of manic depression for its bravery, brilliance and beauty."
26 November 2013 | ABC
This link takes you to an article and sound cast on the reported increase of the use of antidepressants in Australia and briefly explores some of the reasons why this might be occurring.
Blogs and Articles
Blog Article "5 Things Real Adults Do"
I found this to be an interesting look at what constitutes "real adulthood" rather than it being about age or even maturity... just these 5 things will make you a real adult. As the Chief Play-Meister I am please to say that I do not do all five things... and at least one of them I couldn't do by myself even if a tried (this is evidenced by my repeated ability to crash a computer that has been magnificently set up!). I vote that what makes a real adult is an ability to be comfortable with play and creativity. Here comes a blog post of my own!
Newspaper Article "My friend's depression is giving me anxiety"
Age Article 29 May 2013
Newspaper Article "Stress costs state schools $18m"
Age Article 30 May 2013
Blog Post | 10 Signs That You Believe It Is Wrong To Be Happy
Mike Bundrant is co-author of the AHA Solution, internationally known NLP trainer, and host of Mental Health Exposed, a Natural News Radio program. He is all about Putting an End to Happiness-Killing Beliefs
We all want to live happy, fulfilled lives. Sometimes, however, it seems like we've become experts at avoiding happiness. If you are missing out on your share of happiness, you may have unconscious beliefs that make it impossible to experience happiness. In fact, at some level you may simply believe that being happy is wrong.
This belief leads to emotional deprivation, which can become an attachment, a pattern so familiar that it literally becomes a self-sabotaging a way of life. How can you tell if you or your listeners are locked into this syndrome?
Here's what your listeners will hear from Mike that will start steering them toward a new set-point of happiness.
10 signs that you believe it is wrong to be happy
1. When you do feel happy, you also feel anxious that it won't last.
Happiness is so unfamiliar to some that they don't trust it. If, when you begin to feel happy, you also feel anxious that something bad is just around the corner, then at some level you believe happiness cannot last, or that it makes you vulnerable. This is unfortunate, but common. Many people believe that if they allow themselves to be happy, they are setting themselves up to get blindsided by something terrible.
2. When you feel good, you feel guilty.
Most people feel guilty when they do something wrong. Some people feel guilty when they enjoy themselves, as if they were doing something wrong. If you grew up with people who did not allow you to be happy or express your joy, then you learned it was wrong to be joyful. Now, you probably have a hard time letting loose and having a good time.
3. You don't express your needs.
Millions of people allow others to ignore, take advantage or take them for granted because they will not speak up. If you speak up and let others know it's not alright to treat you that way, their bad behavior will probably stop. Or, if you let others know exactly what you need, they most likely will provide it. Getting your needs met leads to fulfillment, often even happiness. Ignoring your needs is a sign that fulfillment is not something you are seeking. Why not?
4. You are overly focused on the needs of others.
Focusing on the needs of others is noble. It feels good to make others happy. However, focusing solely on their needs and not your own is a disservice to you. Why do you feel your happiness is not important? Unfortunately, this behavior typically leads to resentment and emotional martyrdom.
5. You cannot enjoy the moment.
Letting go and having fun in the here and now is an important way to experience fulfillment and reduce stress. It is a huge need! In fact, happiness is just an awareness away, in the here and now. If you avoid the here and now, you are avoiding peace and presence.
6. You are attracted to emotionally unavailable or self-centered people.
A sure way to NOT get your needs met is to choose emotionally unavailable or narcissistic people with whom to be in relationships. When you commit to these kinds of people, you set up yourself for a lifetime of emotional deprivation.
7. You expect disappointment or assume that things will not work out.
Expecting disappointment keeps happiness at a distance. It actually keeps you from either doing what would make you happy or not enjoying it while you're doing it. The need to be physically and emotionally fulfilled is the juice of life! Going into situations anticipating disappointment becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Often, the situation would not have turned out disappointing had you not projected it and made it that way.
8. You don't know what you want or cannot define your purpose in life.
Not knowing what want or refusing to take time to figure it out is a way to avoid your purpose in life. Living with a sense of purpose is a huge need that brings meaning and fulfillment. Are you keeping yourself from finding your prupose?
9. You avoid intimacy.
The need for intimacy is fundamental to relationships and happiness. When you avoid close relationships or shy away from deeper connections with people, you miss out on this aspect of life.
10. You relive the bad times, but observe the good times.
Happy people tend to relive happy memories and view upsetting memories as if from a distance, like a neutral observer. Unhappy, pessimistic people tend to relive unpleasant memories and view the good memories from the observer perspective.
Souce: Mike Bundrant | +1 951-225-4475 | firstname.lastname@example.org