Principle #1 – Tap into Your Fun Quotient!
Do you feel like it’s been a long time since you had fun? What’s holding you back?
My daughter wanted to “liven up” the stressed environment in the department where she works. She started to email a joke a day to her co-workers. The first day she sent a joke, they grumbled. She emailed another joke the next day and heard some of them giggle. When she emailed on the third day, everyone started laughing. Most of her co-workers were totally engaged. Seriously…even the negative nellies! The atmosphere completely changed! There was a sense of connection.
Something very interesting started happening. The employees were more productive, and their accuracy improved. Wow…what a difference one person can make by bringing a little fun to the workplace!
Remember when we were children and had fun playing? We didn’t even need a toy to play with because we made our own fun! I gave my grandson a piece of paper and, he had fun for hours. He made a paper airplane and flew it all over the house. Children have free spirits. They use their imaginations and act like no one is watching. It’s so amazing! Most of us were like this when we were children.
Somewhere along the way, we stopped playing. We’re so afraid of what people may think about us. When was the last time you had fun without caring what you looked like or what people thought about you?
“Nobody looks stupid when they are having fun.” – Amy Poehler
We are running in so many directions because of our obligations. But, does that mean we can’t have fun? Heck no! Why not add a little fun when you’re doing your never-ending responsibilities?
- Sing your favorite song when you’re getting ready for work, or while you are folding laundry. One of my favorite songs is All I Want to Do, by Sheryl Crow.
- Be adventurous and try something new.
- Connect with your friends and laugh hysterically.
- Go to the Hallmark store and read funny cards.
- Act crazy! When my grandson has extra energy, he goes into the woods behind my house and screams as loud as he can. I’m sure the deer and squirrels don’t like it, but it’s a fun way for him to use his energy.
“Live life fully while you’re here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird.” – Tony Robbins
Having fun relieves stress and it improves our well-being. I challenge you to do three fun things every day. Something small will work, so long as you have fun! Find your freedom and act like a child again and enjoy yourself!
Freedom is possible!