Children hardly have to think about having fun. They have fun wherever they find themselves, playing with a stick and a stone, getting absorbed into the minute insect life around them, running around the garden at dusk, telling themselves stories or bouncing on a trampoline. Somewhere in our growing up we lose that ability to find fun in everything we do. Life suddenly gets serious and fun is no longer spontaneous.
I don’t know when it happens, but it just does.
We can re-discover the fun that we used to have so effortlessly. As adults we often have to make more of an effort to have fun, but there are huge benefits to lightening up and giving ourselves a break from being serious. When we are having fun, we laugh and relax, a proven recipe for stress reduction. Too much stress can affect our health. A bit of fun isn’t a waste of time, it is essential for our long term physical and mental health. We’re not just having fun for the fun of it!
Sometimes we can forget how to have fun. We have to take ourselves and life so seriously that we lose the knack. Then we often mistake other things for fun, false fun substitutes, to deal with stress by dulling it for a while, but not having a long term effect. False fun is any activity that quickly becomes boring, makes us feel worse than before or that we regret afterwards. Real fun comes when we go back to ourselves as children and remember the things we used to enjoy then.
We all need to have more fun in our lives. Give yourself time each day to do something fun. Get into the habit of allowing yourself fifteen minutes just to do something fun. The more you practice having fun the better you’ll be at it.
It’s a waste of our time here, if we let our lives go by without having fun. Make a positive decision to have more fun and don’t let the days slip by without something fun each day.
Challenge yourself to make a list of thirty things that are fun. They can be small things and bigger ones. Now commit to doing one of those things every day this month. Who knows it might even be fun enough to do again next month!
Can you remember when you last had fun?
“Some kind of fun lasts longer than others.” Betty Hutton
“A spirit of fun should pervade every meeting because it helps people participate and learn.” Gene Perret
“Funny is an attitude.” Flip Wilson