If you ever watch children you will notice how spontaneous they are in how they make themselves feel good – through doing a cartwheel, making up games or just skipping and jumping just because they can!
Having fun is so important to our wellbeing but how often do we experience it? Do we have a moral responsibility to be happy? I think we do and bringing fun into our lives increases our chances of feeling happy.
Realistically we have to work, be responsible adults (at times) and cope with everyday chores and stresses but can we squeeze in a bit more fun?
Research is showing that having fun in your life contributes greatly to overall health and wellbeing. Fun activities can increase bonding and closeness with others, release endorphins, increase longevity and lower stress. Animals use fun and play for not only developmental growth but to increase a sense of belonging and explore their abilities and possibilities in their world. Lack of fun and play, for a child, can lead to deprivation and under development of social and cognitive skills.
As adults we can choose how much fun to bring into our lives, we can choose our attitude and we can decide whether to live our lives fast or well!
Often the best things in life are experiences so fun doesn’t have to cost much. Remember the fun things you did as a child, did that cost much money? My childhood was often playing in the woods, rope over a stream or cycling with friends. It may be board games that you played whilst on holiday with your family or dressing up and playing “pretend”. Just rolling down a grassy slope or picking flowers to press were all part of fun, enjoyable times.
You may not be physically able to roll down a grassy slope now, (it may be worth trying!), but you can still do activities that make you smile, laugh, enjoy company of others or just for the sake of it be really silly. All you need is your attitude, intent and willingness to let go and enjoy. Remember that on average we have 4,000 weeks do we want those weeks to be of mediocrity or fun?
So why not for the rest of the year, whatever the weather, bring some fun, laughter and joy into your life.
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing” George Bernard Shaw.