in Personal Growth | posted by Pat
Has ‘fun’ left your life? Do you feel you don’t have time for fun because your life is filled with too many responsibilities? Each of us has a different perception of the value of fun in our lives…what are your feelings about having fun?
Let’s start with a simple definition of Fun: something that provides mirth or amusement; enjoyment or playfulness.
I know that many people feel that life is challenging. We worry about family members, finances, relationships, our health and a host of other concerns that find their way into our thoughts and lives. Do you feel that there are too many pressing issues that require your attention so you can’t afford to put time aside to have fun?
Fun is not frivolous; instead, it is an essential ingredient in the health of your body, mind, and spirit. It provides each of us with the necessary energy to heal and take care of ourselves. So how can you add more ‘fun’ into your life:
1. Not All About Money
Many people believe that fun always costs tons of money. Not true. I just spent a full day with family members talking, eating together, playing cards and just being with each other. If a day with family doesn’t excite you, how about a walk in one of the many local parks, bring a good friend or a great book and enjoy being outside in the air.
Create a list of the fun things you currently do as well as a separate list of what you can do that doesn’t cost money.
2. Be Curious
Explore a new part of your town…see what it offers. Take a different route home from work or visiting someone. Have you always wanted to learn something, well take the internet route and find out more about a subject. What about others, do you ask questions and show your interest in what makes them tick. Curiosity is an ageless and powerful resource to add fun to your life.
A different idea around having fun – pick a day to smile at people. It doesn’t cost you anything, and it can be fun to see how many times you smile that day. I’ve tried this, and immediately, I felt lighter during the day and felt good about myself. I was pleasantly surprised to see how many people responded to me with a smile. How contagious can you be with your smile?
4. Try Something New
It doesn’t have to a big scary thing that you have always wanted to do. Instead, try something small or a small step towards what you still have to do. For example, if you have on your list to learn more about a topic or meet new people, how can you approach it with a fun attitude and try something small.
5. So You Want To Be Happy
As strange as it seems, the more fun you add to your life, the more positive you are when doing work, attending to the family, or paying the bills. Being happy is what people strive towards, and fun is vital to our well-being and happiness.
6. All Things We Do Can Be Fun
If we approach everything we do with an attitude of ‘fun,’ we will benefit from all that joyous energy coming into our bodies. Our attitude will be transmitted to everyone we come into contact with during our day.
If at work, ask yourself what one thing could you do that would be fun while you are working. For people who are doing a lot of data entry, maybe create a mini-challenge for yourself, or listen to music on your headphones, or have a contest with another person to see how much you can do in a day (quality work only).
With family, what can you do today to bring a smile to your face or your loved ones? If you are cooking, is it only about getting it done, or does how we do our activities count? What would it be like if we stayed present in our cooking and enjoyed preparing the meal, we are creating? I will tell you that this doesn’t add more time to your cooking…just more fun.
7. Are You A Believer or a Non-Believer?
Fun is there for the taking. If you believe that you have the right to have fun and enjoy your life while on this earth, you will find many situations where fun can materialize and grow within your life. You will abundantly share this fun with others.
If you believe that you don’t have a right to have fun, then find one small action today that brings a smile to your face where you can say, “I’m having fun.”
Start writing down everything you are grateful for during your day. Start small and list three things, then work towards listing ten things you are thankful for every day. This way, you can see how fun is already in your life, so you must deserve to have good things in your life.
I’ve acknowledged how grateful I was that I had running water and didn’t go to the well to bring it back. I’ve also written down how I’m thankful for my health, the money I currently have, the excellent dinner out with a friend, watching the sunrise and all its magnificence, and a simple yet delicious breakfast.
The list is endless, and this simple exercise in gratitude will help you become a believer in the power of fun in your life. Trust me that you will see a difference after one month of writing down what you are grateful for in your life.
In the smallest of moments in our journey through life is where fun resides, and quietly we feel pleasure flowing through our hearts and minds, and our bodies respond with a smile. How do you have fun in your life?
Women’s Group Topics
How can you add more fun to your life? Brainstorm around all the areas where fun can happen and share it. A perfect time to have fun, be silly, laugh, and enjoy each other while creating your ideas around fun.
“To fully enjoy the ‘richness’ of our lives, we need to stop long enough to visit with ourselves.”
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