Today’s post is a guest post from the lovely Joy Brown, all about how we can incorporate more fun in our lives.
At the end of every day can you honestly say you had fun? Do you drop into bed sighing and say, “wow, I’d like to do that day over again – it was so fun!”?
Here are three easy ways to have the funnest day of your life – every day.
- Decide that you want today to be fun. You’d think this was obvious but how many times have you gotten up with the same ol’ “It’s Tuesday, what do I have to get done today?,” and then you’re off with the business of the day? Current science indicates that our brains don’t know the difference between what is real and what is vividly imagined. Take advantage of this by imagining that every task, project, event, etc., will be the funnest thing you’ve ever done – just by deciding and imagining all those delicious sensory details… the slippery, sensual feel of the toothbrush in your mouth, the board meeting as if each person were part of a colorful & musical carnival ride or a sparkly & jazzy Mardi Gras parade, or the homeward bound traffic in a manner of Indiana Jones keenly sensing for hidden treasures on the journey.
- Make a list of everything you have fun doing and do more of those things EVERY day. I know, I know – this, too, may seem obvious. However, fun, in our culture, isn’t taken very seriously. We typically don’t give fun much air time in our thinking or our calendars. Reflect for a moment on how much time and effort you expend taking care of your family and/or climbing your version of the career ladder. Meal planning, scheduling, goal setting, project coordination, and on and on and on. If you give creating fun in your life even the smallest amount of attention, the fun rewards are exponential.
- Pay attention to – and go for – the opportunities for fun that present themselves to you each day. Someone you love spending time with wants to have spur of the moment coffee (or smoothie) – figure out a way to make it happen today. A colleague suddenly has free tickets for the family to see your favorite sports team – trust that homework and violin lessons will survive the shake up. If you’re worried that too much fun might be unproductive, I invite you to take a look at the relationship between mastery and fun (http://focuspocusnow.com/path-to-mastery-the-fun-cycle/). Does this feel like a little too much? Remember you can make fun choices that fit you, your family and your lifestyle. Were I to happen across this (http://www.thefuntheory.com/piano-staircase) during my day, you can bet I would have some fun!
Explore, experiment, research and give FUN its fair share of attention and time, decide to have fun and consciously choose fun moment to moment. Life is short – let’s have as much fun as humanly possible.
A favorite resource of mine is Regena Thomashauer’s book, Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts (http://www.mamagenas.com/books/). She has a whole chapter dedicated to the Art of Having Fun, No Matter What.
What are your top three ways to have your funnest day ever – every day? Let us know in the comments.
fun love and easy hugs,
“Fun always leads to love” – Mama Gena
Joy Brown has spent 25 years exploring the countless paths to optimal health: aerobics, weight training, hundreds of diets, thousands of exercises, Pilates, Nia and so many others. She now passionately promotes the wisdom of each person’s own body and personal path – incorporating FUN, self awareness and support in crafting the ability to love yourself, no matter what. Check her out at www.danceplayheal.com