Are We Having Fun Yet?

Hello. When was the last time you had fun? Hopefully very recently! If not, then this post may help you to discover the benefits of building more fun into your life.

Enjoying regular fun is essential for our well- being but it’s all too easy to let the challenges of daily life take over. Having fun can feel like something we used to do in the past in more carefree times, or is something that’s reserved for children.

But what if you treated having fun as a necessity rather than an occasional treat you need to earn?

What having fun does for us:
As well as enjoying ourselves in that moment, having regular fun brings lots of longer term benefits. It can:

  • Reduce feelings of stress and anxiety
  • Distract our minds away from concerns and difficulties
  • Boost our self confidence
  • Strengthen our relationships with family and friends
  • Increase our creativity
  • Improve our memory and thinking skills
  • Recharge our energy supply
  • Help us to relax

So it’s time to banish the guilt and prioritise building fun into your daily routine. If having fun makes you feel guilty, remind yourself that the happier and more content you are, the better position you are in to support others around you.

It might help to realise:
We live in a society that glorifies being busy and so most of us tend to get our feelings of self esteem from achieving things, ticking jobs off our to do lists. If we take our foot off the pedal we worry that other people will think that we’re lazy or self-indulgent – because having fun is viewed as a luxury.

Bearing these things in mind can help you adjust your focus:

  • Having fun doesn’t need to cost money – some of the best things in life really are free.
  • Having fun needn’t take up too much of your time – you can find fun in small moments, just commit to taking small steps to include something fun in your day.
  • Don’t worry about what other people think – other people don’t think about you nearly as much as you think they do.
  • You don’t need to plan it – fun can be found in spontaneous unplanned moments so let yourself experience spur-of-the-moment trips and last-minute get-togethers.
  • There’s no time like the present – don’t think “I’ll have fun when…”, be spontaneous and live in the present moment.
  • Give yourself up to it – immerse yourself in the experience, no taking a sneaky peak at emails or multitasking.
  • It doesn’t have to be perfect – the funniest things often happen when things go wrong.
  • It’s not a competition – it’s about you and how you feel, forget what everyone else is doing.
  • Forget goals and trying to be the best at what you’re doing – just have fun and give yourself a break.

Ready to get some more fun in your life?
We all enjoy different things so it’s important for you to find the things that bring you joy. You could ask ask yourself:

  • What do I currently do that makes me happy?
  • What things would I like to try?
  • What did I used to love to do when I was younger or had more time?
  • What makes me laugh?
  • What opportunities are there around me?
  • Who do I enjoy being with?

Then commit to introducing some of these things, situations or people, into your daily life. Remember though this is about having fun, so don’t let having fun become another chore!

Some suggestions:
When I was writing this post I found these suggestions for finding some fun that you might like to try:

  • If you feel stuck in a rut, change up your daily routine and environment – do things in a different order, or take a different route. Change the furniture around at home or bring in some other items.
  • Pretend to be a tourist. Ask yourself, “If I had a close friend coming into town to visit me and I had 24 hours to make sure they had a good time, where would I take them?” Make a plan to answer that question, and then do all those things for yourself.
  • Make a photo collage of images of happy times – not only will putting it together make you feel happy, you’ll get an instant positive boost whenever you look at it.
  • Learn something new whether a class or an activity – you never know what you might love doing, or what new friends you’ll meet.

“In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”

– Gordon B. Hinckley

 

Whatever you decide to do, I hope you have fun!

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