Playing is an important part of life and a person’s overall wellbeing. Playing helps people, especially young children, learn to think creatively, hone motor skills and interact socially with others. Hence, if a child is not allowed enough time to play then they will probably be put at an emotional, mental and physical disadvantage that could negatively affect them for the rest of their lives.
Play encourages interaction and this builds social skills. In turn, social skills lead to the formation of good relationships which might actually impact one’s medical health. According to studies done by National Geographic, animals that have strong social ties generally have better chances of survival. This is especially true in primates, which are the animals that have DNA closest to humans. If human beings are mammals like primates, it is safe to assume that those of us with stronger social ties tend to fare better overall. Medical data has actually proven that people with strong family ties are less likely to succumb to illness than those who do not. Considering this, there is indeed truth to the “laughter is the best medicine” phrase.
Too many people consider playtime as being something that is only suitable for young human children. Yet human beings are not the only species that use play as a means of mental and physical growth. In fact, studies have shown that there are actually several kinds of animals that play at all ages!
Below is a list of five species of animals that have been observed playing.