Date of Award


Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

Creativity and Change Leadership, Graduate Certificate Program


Center for Studies in Creativity


Dr. Susan Keller-Mather

First Reader

Dr. Susan Keller-Mather


Playfulness is the ability to reframe situations, seeing new possibilities. A playful mind-set increases our mental flexibility, resilience, empathy, and our overall well-being. Unfortunately, growing up most of us lose part of our playfulness. How can we facilitate adults to live a (more) playful life? To ignite playfulness in adults’ lives, we first have to raise awareness for the benefits of playfulness, and then help people to develop a playful mind-set and integrate playfulness into their lives. In this project I combine my knowledge of creativity and playfulness with my experience in service and behavior design. I developed a prototype of a Playfulness Toolkit, a game that guides people through the process of developing a playful mindset, consisting of tools, objects and Tiny Playful Habits. With this toolkit I hope to bridge the gap between knowing and doing, facilitating more playful behavior in adults’ lives.