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All Work And No Play Makes A Dull Life Essay

“Finish your homework first, and then go out to play.” Does that sound all too familiar? Most parents in India are only too risk averse when it comes to their children. And while it may seem like a logical option at first to keep sports as the last activity on the list, most do not realise the potential long-term harm they are causing their kids.

“Sports as a career is still a question mark in India, but there is no doubt that it has to be a mandatory part of the curriculum,” says Vasundhra Singh Thakur, counsellor and inclusive educator. Vasundhara has consulted for several Delhi schools and is currently settled in Mumbai.

She added that sports have often been used as therapy to improve language and maths. “Sports improves thinking skills, even simple things like a ball game. Hopscotch has been used for maths, since the child learns a lot faster this way.”

Sports should not be seen as an end in itself, say experts, but as a means to improve social skills, physical and mental health for children. Team sports such as football help children develop leadership skills and understand the dynamics of teams, while individual sports such as tennis and badminton help young kids in learning how to control extreme emotions such as wins and losses.

“Playing a sport channelizes the extra energy in children and helps in concentration. Any activity that helps kids exert and focus is very good for concentration. It helps a child understand various commands and build a respect for leadership,” says Vasundhra.

Several key life skills such as patience, resilience and self-confidence can also be easily taught to young children through the subtle and engaging medium of sports. However, the choice of sports should be complementary and carefully identified by parents. For example, experts say that children training in tennis should not be playing badminton or table tennis. Instead, such children should go for swimming and athletics, which helps build stamina, and supports cardio-vascular growth.

“Interaction with their own age group is very important to build social skills and understand perspectives of other children – like sharing etc. This includes issues like sibling rivalry. The problem is especially acute with single parents,” another child expert said.

In fact, experts feel that children who continue playing certain sports at a competitive level through their adolescence and teens, also manage better in academics. The trick, however, is to keep a balance where parents have a key role. Sports helps children organise complex thoughts and develop a healthy competitive spirit. The sense of discipline that one needs to play competitive sports at a higher level goes a long way in developing a certain attitude of dedication in academics.

“Play area activity in most major cities is shrinking. Sports is not considered lucrative as a career, so parents focus less on it. Parents feel it can be done without. But there is a regional perspective, the focus on sports in Mumbai is more as compared to Delhi. The city is better at accepting different career options,” Vasundhra said.

Sports has received a major boost in the country in the past few years with many corporates increasing funding that has helped create infrastructure and formal support systems for budding athletes. Besides cricket, several other sports such as hockey, football, badminton and kabaddi are now breaking out with the formation of new local clubs and league competitions.

To encourage a healthy outdoor lifestyle, HT Media has launched the Season 3 of the Great Indian Football Action (GIFA) in the Delhi NCR region. With over 2,000 teams already registered for GIFA this year, the country’s largest football tournament is open to kids in two categories - junior and senior. To know more about HT GIFA, visit http://www.htgifa.hindustantimes.com.

All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy

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Saumya said: (Jan 27, 2018) 
Yes, I agree with this point a man needs rest physically in general and mentally, in particular, to make himself active. All the time working and studying makes the capacity of brain faint apart from it to spend all the time with books makes life dumb and man too.

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Ms Rakshit said: (Jan 7, 2018) 
Yes, I agree with this. Only work can lead you to have poor concentration power. You get frustrated easily. You should take some rests in your daily routine. Not only rest but also do some daily activities which you prefer. It helps you to reduce your stress level. Also, you can enjoy your work. Everyone should have some hobbies. So that, they can devote their time to doing this particular thing. It gives your inner peace, happiness, confidence. So that you can able to achieve success.

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Uttara said: (Aug 23, 2017) 
Hello, everyone. Intelligent students make a proper planning for their studies. Meritorious students are not those who study all day and vomit in the exam halls but those who do all the things in proper time. They go out. Enjoy themselves play with friends and study in a properly planned way. A person who studies a lot but does not know about the current happenings outside is called a book bug. A true intelligent student makes everything in a perfect way. He values the need for amusements in life. Only study and no play or no relaxation from studies make life monotonous. They are deprived of the worldly pleasures in life. They lack friends and companions. So jack must make some time to go out in the open and savor the beauty of this world rather than studying all the day cause jack in this process making himself dull only and unacceptable to others. Thank you.

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Renu said: (Aug 18, 2017) 
If you truly love the work you are doing, then you will surely get peace of mind, happiness and freshness that you get from playing.

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Renu said: (Aug 16, 2017) 
If you truly love the work you are doing, then you will surely get peace of mind, happiness and freshness that you get from playing.

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Aayush Bansal said: (Mar 10, 2017) 
True because Life becomes boring without fun. Yes, Work is necessary too but One Should be able to do that Work in Good Manner if he enjoys that part. Hence, Proved! All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy.

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Sakshi said: (Mar 9, 2017) 
It is true that always doing all works jack become a dull boy not only studying or doing work instead of this we should also have to play or doing exercise to refresh our mind.

Thank you.

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Christina Nikitha said: (Feb 14, 2017) 
Yes! on one side all-time work makes a person dull. Boring. Dragging. Stressful.

On the other hand work matters. In the sense if you enjoy the work you are doing. You no longer become dull!

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Roshni Dev said: (Feb 14, 2017) 
Yes, I think it is true that all work and no play makes jack a full body. Hard and industrious work is necessary to achieve our goals in life. An overtaxed mind loses all social spirit making the personality dull. Only work makes a mind dull. SO both leisure time and play time is important in today monotonous.

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Ashish Yadav said: (Feb 13, 2017) 
It is hard to resist a bad boy who's a amicable man.

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Hritesh Singh said: (Jan 15, 2017) 
I will agree with this topic because overload studying children have overload stress.

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D.Preeti said: (Dec 8, 2016) 

Well, I absolutely agree with this quote. As I feel its necessary for all the living beings.

Hard is necessary for becoming something in this pretty life. But I really don't think against it anytime.

A person will be mentally disturbed if the one is not taking out some time for his or her own relaxation.

For we students it's mandatory to study continuously during our exams.

But relaxation should be mandatory too. For refreshment of our mind and boosting up our energy for going back to work.


It helps us to be active, physical and fit not only dull and dim.

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Priyansh said: (Nov 21, 2016) 
All work and no play make a jack dull boy. Rightly said. So. Every coin has two sides. Both the leisure time and play time is important in today's monotonous time. Because restless mind and body do nothing. It just does mistakes and makes us dull person and on other hand play help yo build up a sound mind. It is said that'a sound mind is in sound body'so play help to boost our personality and make mind fresh. So we have to make law schedule of both work time and play time in daily routine and follow it. This schedule work as a doctor for you because 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away'so leisure time is an apple for you. Thank you, soo much.

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Radhika Kulkarni said: (Oct 28, 2016) 
Of course, leisure is as important as work. A couple of moments of rest can make the day happy. Without rest, we may suffer hypertension. So, friends, I suggest managing your work with rest.

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Jack said: (Oct 9, 2016) 
Absolutely, no play make Jake an intelligent boy but play time is as important as study time because if we play so much we will be mud so both study time and play time are equally important.

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G.Manideepika said: (Sep 25, 2016) 
Any person cannot do work all the time and play all the time. Both the aspects are in the same coin but the way we are dealing is important. Not only for children but also it these are very important for all the people without any age limit. See, even in job applying resumes, we are keeping the separate column for curricular and co-curricular activities. Work and play are two eyes for every person.

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Kavya said: (Sep 22, 2016) 
Playing indoor or outdoor games refreshes our mind. And it boots our mind to work better than if doing continuous work. Yes, it is good to concentrate on particular work but it also requires some stress releasing techniques to do our work effectively, in that way playing is a good choice.

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Mahmmadraza Balva said: (Sep 8, 2016) 
Yes, I agree with this (ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES A DULL BOY). It is exactly correct because nowadays we are looking that many parents only concentrate on their children study apart from sports so what are happening with children they are deprived of different sports. So parents should give a preference to play with the study not only education.

And also with playing, sports children become a healthy. As old people are saying "health mind living in health body" so with a sports children create own personality.

That's it. THANK YOU.

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Saurav Soni said: (Aug 6, 2016) 
Yes, it is absolutely correct. Studying all times build a pressure on the students, we should also play as this will help in removing the pressure both. One should either play indoor or outdoor games or even can read some novels or storybook of interest.

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Faizah Qazi said: (Jul 29, 2016) 
I agree with all of you, really it is proved that studying all the time will make our mind full of stress so we should have some leisure time to play or do any work.

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Pratiksha Kulkarni(Pratz) said: (Jul 22, 2016) 
As the study is important playing is also important. Because if the child has to progress in studies then the child must improve his/her personality too.

So parents should give preference to playing too. Playing indoor and outdoor games help to improve personality and their concentration too.

So don't underestimate the playing games. Some children develop their career in the sports. So to understand their talents. Children must play and parents should allow them to do it.

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Ruchi said: (May 8, 2016) 
All work and no play makes jack a dull boy means that games are extremely important in today's generation as the children have goal of the studies they also have the goal of playing games. This playing help the body and mind healthy. We all have some work but for sometime we should in that time by doing this our mind will be refresh. Only education is not important for child. Education is important for child.

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Bimal said: (Apr 11, 2016) 
Yes, I completely go with this topic because working all the time makes us and as well as others feel boring of us and they think us to be dull and inactive. So I think always that time and play must always have a balance. So we should obviously relax but do not mix up tiredness to laziness.


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Tejasri said: (Feb 28, 2016) 
Yes I agree with you guys.

If a person can manage both work and play he/she won't face a problem. Games are extremely important for today's generation. So, one should learn to balance both work and play.

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Seema said: (Feb 24, 2016) 
According to me all work and no plays make a jack dull its absolutely right because in this generation children's are all focused to score good marks but they don't think that some times to deal with this mental pressure they need immunity and some sport man sprite also which they can adopt from involving them self with playing games with enthusiastically for winning it.

Although it will also them overcome from the mentally pressure.

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Neha said: (Dec 4, 2015) 
I think so that games are extremely important in today's generation as the children have burden of studies. Also, they help the mind to keep with and deal with any type of problems or difficult situations. It is an extremely necessary diversion from the regular routine. They also keep the body physically fit. By playing persons do not suffer by such problems like obesity etc.

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Vikas said: (Dec 2, 2015) 
Hi everyone, yes this is very good topic because many people does not like play games. But it is very difficult situation because if we would not play games we will feel very week. So I have to say everyone to play games.

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Vanshika said: (Sep 6, 2015) 
Well, Yes I guess the proverb holds true "all work and no play makes jack a dull boy" the first question that arises on hearing this proverb is how does all work and no play make jack a dull a boy? The answer largely lies in the importance of games and sports. Games and sports are important to build up a sound mind of children. They make the children mentally alert to deal with any kind of situation.

Play in general is a good diversion from studies and help the students to learn their lessons well. It gives a necessary break from studies which is very important especially for the children in today's generation where there is a load of studies on children leaving almost no time for play. Studies have shown that children who balance both studies and play head to head tend to score more good.

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Fatema said: (Aug 2, 2015) 
Hi Nandu I join my hands towards your view. Exactly the restless mind will soon rest in peace. So health is for most important to do our job well. If we are fit (both physically and mentally) then we can crack the job easily. So only even industries conduct some fun events and outings.

I am happy to taking initiative to this topic. In my opinion absolutely all work and no play makes a person dull. Because of restless work our mind will feel some stress. So to overcame this situation we have to play for some time. Then only we feel relief, otherwise it makes us dull and dim.

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Milind said: (Jul 11, 2015) 
All work and no play makes jack a dull boy, stands true. Children sit and study consistently in order to top schools, yes they are very useful and but just an entry in the best institution. 'No play' sense in not only physical fitness and an inactive minds but also an overall development of a person. It consists of skills like communication, etiquette, etc.

An interviewer knows all your intellect, your command on the subject because that's what brings you there. On the contrary he is in the quest of such an individual who stands unique in his way. So that are your skills that presents you there and not the rote learning.

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Pranav said: (Jul 8, 2015) 
Absolutely no play make Jake a intelligent boy but play time is as important as study time because if we play so much we will be mud so both study time and play time are equally important.

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Bazil Tanveer said: (Jun 22, 2015) 
I think we should manage the both things the parent should increase the stamina of child's to pay attention to both sides.

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Rohan said: (Jun 17, 2015) 
I am happy to taking initiative to this topic. In my opinion absolutely all work and no play makes a person dull. Because of restless work our mind will feel some stress. So to overcame this situation we have to play for some time. Then only we feel relief, otherwise it makes us dull and dim.

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Parvej Alam said: (Apr 30, 2015) 
I agree with all of you and mostly the quote "All work and no play makes jack a dull person". If there is not any play in our life then always our mind search something, that's thought became us dull person and we feel alone. And there no enjoy in our life without play. Play decrease the stress of the mind and give us rest mildly. It's my opinion.

Thank you.

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Vikarmadity said: (Apr 8, 2015) 
Definitely no play games makes of dull boy. If you don not play games loss your happiness and managing skill. If you play games learn more skill team leader skill how to mange of people.

How to react on pressure and how work on pressure situation. If you play games one day a week than your fitness is good than you improve your or our performance.

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Kavi Priya said: (Jan 20, 2015) 
"Work while you work and play while you play ", this is a famous saying known to everyone. I think both work and leisure time should be properly managed so that one can be good at curriculum and obviously at the sports and other activities too.

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Harman said: (Jan 17, 2015) 
No work and No play make jack a Dull boy, actually make me a dull boy.


Totally bored I really need a restart button in my life.

My father want me to be a armyman but but but conditions apply as I said I'm a dull boy So for me its never. I also want that by don't know where my life going on. Actually I'm a confused person really.

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Rohit Pal. said: (Jan 11, 2015) 
There are many great personalities like STEPHEN HAWKINS or HELEN KELLER whose life only bounded on a wheel chair who never got to have any sort games for their refreshment have established themselves as prominent persons in the world. This is an example where persons without any recreational activities in their lives have gained success in lives.

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Kajal said: (Jan 9, 2015) 
I think that a person who always work and never plays becomes a dull person and becomes insecure he feels he is always hurted by everyone and becomes unhappy and dim he can never be happy in his life or never be good in studies.

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Gayatri said: (Jan 9, 2015) 
I think that all time work is also not good for us and all time play is also not good for us a person who never plays and never enjoy his life can not be ever happy or good in studies.

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Meena said: (Oct 25, 2014) 
I agreed with all of you but I think that all work makes jack a dull boy because children are made to study continuously but study is not the solution there should some or the other physical activities.


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Rich said: (Oct 14, 2014) 
Calvin, get out of the house, "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" was used in "The Shining". The place was haunted in the movie but cabin fever will drive you nuts.

Get out even if it's just to a state park, take a long walk. You can't find someone to share moments with by staying home, ride a bike, get out and do something.

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Calvin said: (Oct 5, 2014) 
All the opinions for this position are merely opinions. I found this discussion by putting in a search on Google. I was looking for something specific to do about it. When it comes time for me to take a break I'm too exhausted to figure out what it is that would make it a break for me. Yeah, that's how far I go into the land of work before I realize I've gone too far. I just don't think I can get out of here. I live by myself. There's no one here to reflect how I'm doing. I just don't know what to do to get out of this.

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G.Sri Nidhi said: (Sep 10, 2014) 
Working too hard and taking no time to have fun is bad for you. It is not good to work all the time. Everybody needs a certain amount of recreation. One must find balance between work and play. We should make at least some time for playing as well. If you work hard all the time and concentrate soulfully on work and leave no time for yourself to have fun then you become dull and boring. "All work and no play makes JACK a dull boy" is used to encourage people to have some fun in their lives. This proverb is to warn someone that they will not be an interesting person by working all the time.

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Rittika said: (Jul 14, 2014) 
Hello friends!

I think 'all work and no play' is really a bad thing. We should always pick out time for recreation. All the days 24*7, it is not necessary to work. We should also have a little time to be relaxed. It makes our body enerzied and active, to go along with the tough schedule in our lives. So, be active.


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Shweta said: (Apr 23, 2014) 
Hello everyone, I completely agree with the saying "All work and no play makes jack a dull boy".

In today's monotonous routine we hardly find time for ourselves which directly influences the efficiency of the work we do. From a kid to an adult everyone requires recreational breaks to boost his/her energy levels and get back to work with the much needed enthusiasm. Engrossing ourselves into any task 24 *7 without any place for breaks and rest may hamper our health in the long run.

Involving ourselves in co curricular activities can lead to a magnificient increase in our social skills too apart from reducing the stress levels and refreshing our mind.

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Shanaya said: (Feb 8, 2014) 
Yes friends! Its a obvious phenomenon that going on and on doing work 24X7 will drive a person to feel depressed and agitated. A person will be mentally disturbed if he is not allowed to relax. This situation goes right to all walks of life from school going kids to working people. Both work and play must go in balanced proportion to achieve what we want in ease. So its always "A SOUND MIND IN A SOUND BODY". :) In my opinion absolutely all work and no play makes a person dull. Because of restless work our mind will feel some stress. So to overcome this situation we have to play for some time. Then only we feel relief, otherwise it makes us dull and dim.

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Veena Takur said: (Jan 7, 2014) 
Hi friends I glad to discuss with you this topic. Obviously " all woks and no play makes Jack a dull boy " as you all know we are human being our body want rest after a lot of work. If we are continuously doing work than we are look like a machine. Even work is also important in life. Without work we feel lazy and bored. So both arrived important in our life. But its depend ourself how we take this statement seriously or lightly. So at the end conclusion is that if work is important in life than play is also. So enjoy life.

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Shriyal said: (Dec 16, 2013) 
I to think that all work and no play makes jack a dull boy, because only working does our metal exercise and no physical exercise which is not good for health.

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Sheena said: (Dec 1, 2013) 
I feel that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!

Hard is necessary to achieve our goals in life. But working all the time without any recreation tends to make a person dull and unsociable. Proper relaxation is absolutely necessary to keep our minds from getting overtaxed. An overtaxed mind loses all social spirit making the personality dull. Often children are made to study continuously so as to get good results in examinations.

But this rather tends to make a child just a bookworm with no social abilities. Furthermore, a relaxed mind is a rejuvenated one. Recreation revitalizes the mind's inborn abilities. That is why we stress extracurricular activities in school routine. A balanced scheme of work and recreation is the proper way to keep the mind in shape. This is especially very important in the case of children because it is the age when the personality of the child is being moulded.

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Priya Kaur said: (Nov 27, 2013) 
I will also agree with your opinion that all work and no play makes jack a dull boy, because work and play both are important in our life but both are different situation if we does not work so we feel like lazy person so we want to work in our life. And we want to play also in our life so we easily enjoy our life.

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Jayshree said: (Oct 25, 2013) 

Friends I agree with this topic that all work and no play makes jack a dull boy because if we continuously go on working our mind will be mentally distracted due to this even we may can fall ill so according to me both work and play are most important.

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Genia said: (Oct 9, 2013) 
I strongly agree with the topic and I would like to share my opinion as well. First of all we should not forget that we are HUMANS and not MACHINE. Our brains remain active all the time when we do any kind of work. So it also need rest for sometime. In order to get the best output we need to work hard and we need to be efficient as well. So in my point of view rest is also an important factor of a human body in order to work effectively.

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Sonu Beniwal said: (Oct 5, 2013) 
Hi Friends.

It is a great to disscss on such an itresting topic.As you all know every thing present in world has its other side also, if one side is good than other side must be bad and vicevrsa.This is also with the continous work, if not work continosly we are not able to achive our target. So achieving your target you must work continuously. But continuous work does not mean you have to work for 24*7. you should decide your working hours according to your capacity and interest. Apart from work you should spend time for your friends, family, Health, sports etc.

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Saikat Roy said: (Sep 11, 2013) 
It is obvious that too much of work is bad for health. But the fact is too much of work is bad for the work itself. The result we get from our work depends on two things:

1. How much we work.
2. How efficiently we work.

So how efficiently we work is important. Our body and mind works best when we find our work exciting. If we work all the time we get bored, we lose our interest from the work, we lose our concentration, we start hating it, and our quality of work drops abruptly.

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Pratyaksha said: (Aug 28, 2013) 
I totally agree with the topic as if we consider eating the same food for a long time we will start disliking it even if it was our favorite, same is the case with work, restlessly doing it will make us feel stressed and then our aim will just be to complete not bothering about whether we did it in the right manner or not. And as only good people cannot constitute the whole world only work cannot let us stay fit.

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Devendra Kumar said: (Jul 31, 2013) 
Once a woodcutter was trying to cut the tree with dull axe but without success. One person advised him to sharpen his axe and then cut the tree. But the woodcutter shouted at him saying he had no time as he is in hurry. The moral is that we should take time off for sharpening out mental faculties.

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Divyangna Monga said: (Jul 17, 2013) 
Well I think that this is true, all work and no play makes jack a dull boy. As a student, it is important for me to do well in about everything. Our total marks are based on our academics, sports, arts, singing, and dancing skills. So if one is very good in academics, but not in arts, they suffer. So we should not only concentrate on our studies, but also on our physical activities because this is the age when we can play and when our body goes through changes to face which, we need stamina and immunity.

Lastly, I should say that life is all about creating a balance.

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Kunal said: (Mar 12, 2013) 
"All work and no play makes jack a dull boy" because a child is only the future of our country and if he is unhealthy the future will be all the more unhealthy. Physical fitness is as important as mental fitness and a parent must see to it that only study is not important. Education with physical growth is an important aspect of a child's life.

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Pavithra said: (Nov 24, 2012) 
We have to leave gap between our work. So, that our mind will get refreshed. For example, the pencil have to be sharpened every time after usage, to have a effective writing.

Likewise, there should be some rest, and in that time our energy will be boosted up.

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