The Power of Play!

images (18)My first job out of college was “working” in the playroom of the Floating Hospital for Infants and Children in Boston.  (And yes, the original hospital was a floating ship in the harbor – picture above.)

As a fundraiser for the pediatric and NICU wards, I learned the true meaning of strength, but more importantly I learned about the healing power of play.  IV poles, monitors, bald heads and wheelchairs were the norm in the otherwise loud, colorful and happy playroom.  The lessons the children of the 7th floor playroom taught me about laughter, courage and the healing power of play have stayed in my heart ever since.

This video is awesome. I love the music and the story of the patients playing.  Beware tissues are needed.  Behold the power of play!


About LB Living Better

Lisa Bates has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology, Certification to teach Behavioral Sciences and a degree in Business Administration. From school administrator and non-profit executive, to teacher, coach, counselor and mom, Lisa has extensive experience, knowledge and training working with children from toddlers to teenagers. Currently, Lisa owns and operates LB Living Better an organizational and educational services business. Lisa has just released her first book, Barbies in the Horse Bin, Living Better with Organized Children and she is a seasoned, energizing, humorous, workshop presenter with extensive experience. As a mother of three teenagers including twin boys, Lisa maintains her sanity by writing, travelling and playing with her dogs. Read more about Lisa Bates at or contact her at

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