Principle #1 – Tap into Your Fun Quotient

It’s so important to make time for fun. It helps us combat stress…especially, during these difficult times. Hobbies are another way to bring happiness to our lives. Doing something that we enjoy is key to our physical and mental well-being. What are you doing to have fun?

Have you noticed that children find fun in the simplest things? When my grandson spends the night, he can’t wait to get up and play. I asked him if it’s hard for him to find ways to have fun? He said, “No, Mammy. I have fun all the time.” To be young again…fun seems so easy for a nine-year-old!

We may think family vacations and holiday celebrations are all the fun we need. While those are fun, the fun evaporates with the vacation. What about everyday fun? Doing things that you enjoy and brings a smile and laughter to your life. It can be a hobby, taking a walk, or being with people that bring you joy. The point is, doing something for you that brings you happiness improves your life in immeasurable ways.

The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.”
– Audrey Hepburn

Many of us have obligations and worries that consume our lives, which leaves little time for fun. We’re raising families and pursuing careers. Our children bring joy into our lives, and kudos to you if you are part of the lucky 10% who actually like your job, but we need to carve out time for the things that speak to us. When we do this, we infuse fun into our lives.

“Life is too short not to nurture your inner child. Make sure in your busy life of “To-Do Lists” that you make time to have fun!” – Jennifer Gamboa, Author

It seems like fun comes in cycles during our lifetimes. When we are children, it comes naturally. And as we become adults, we begin our journey of trying to make ends meet. And when we retire and have fewer obligations, we find our fun again.

Doctors tell us that laughter and fun reduce inflammation and stress hormones and helps our immune system. Boy, we need that with COVID spreading and the flu season starting! And psychologists tell us that having fun every day improves and stimulates brain function.

It seems simple to me…have more fun! Here are some tips on finding your playful side:

  1. Slow down and enjoy the moment – free your mind from the list of things you need to do tonight or tomorrow. How can you have fun where you are right now? Use your imagination!
  2. Step out of your comfort zone – change your routine. Being repetitive can get boring. Do something different or try a new activity…you may actually love it!
  3. Go for a hike – you may find that being outside brings you joy and peace. There’s something about feeling connected to something bigger than yourself.
  4. Get dirty – I love this one! Play in the rain like you did when you were a child. Better yet, play in the mud. When was the last time you got dirty? Act like a kid!
  5. Dance – there is music everywhere. It could be at a grocery store, or it could even be a car alarm. Listen to the beat and move!
  6. Hobbies – remember when you used to have a hobby? Maybe it’s gardening, taking pictures, needlepoint, or cooking. Find time to enjoy your hobby or find a new one.

“When we set our intentions on having fun, even the most difficult situations and tasks can be much more enjoyable. So, smile, laugh, and have a good time, wherever life takes you.”
-Cindy Henson, Author, Jungle: A Journey to Peace, Purpose, and Freedom

Whatever your view of fun is, make time to do it at home and at work. Life can be challenging, but it’s much easier to handle mundane obligations and stressful situations when we do something we enjoy. I challenge you to play like you did when you were a child. We all have the spirit of a child within us, but sometimes it gets buried. Find yours and be playful!

Freedom is possible!


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