I wasn’t (and she called me on it!)
“It doesn’t sound like you are having any fun. This week, try doing something that is fun for you.”
What? Did I hear that right?
I had just started working with a life coach. It was my first experience with coaching, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. But it wasn’t that! I wanted help finding my purpose, figuring out my next career move and changing my life. Big, important stuff like that. And she was telling me to go have fun?
Turns out, she was very wise. I hadn’t realized how serious and stressed out I had become in my quest to get the answers to life’s big questions while juggling all my current responsibilities. I was taking myself (and everything else) way too seriously!
I was a bit skeptical at first about how upping my fun factor would help me reach my goals. After all, I was so busy, how would I find time to add one more thing to my schedule? But I slowly started planning some fun activities. A picnic dinner at the beach. A paddle-boarding lesson. A day in the city. A silly chick-flick.
Guess what? Having fun gave me the chance to relax, laugh and look at the world from a brighter perspective. It didn’t happen overnight, but I started feeling happier and more optimistic. I had more focus and the confidence to test new ideas and take risks with less worry. Most importantly, I even started to enjoy the process of finding my answers!
But you don’t have to take my word for it. Research shows that having fun reduces stress, boosts energy and concentration and improves your sleep. One study even said happy, optimistic people live 7.5 years longer than their grumpier counterparts!
How could you add more fun to your day?
Here are 10 ideas to get you aboard the fun train. But I know you can come up with a lot more!
- call the funniest person you know and have a few laughs
- watch a funny movie or TV show (Jimmy Fallon tops my list)
- sing-along to songs that make you feel happy
- trying something new (got silly doing improv recently)
- meet a friend for lunch, especially if you often eat at your desk
- go outside to play in a place you love – beach, park, back yard
- check out funny animal videos on YouTube
- read a humorous book or even the comics
- spend time with kids, other playful people or your pet
One more benefit I didn’t realize until right now? Just thinking (and writing) about how to have more fun lifted my spirits!
Here’s to adding more fun to your day!