When was the last time you actually had some fun? I mean doing something that was perhaps frivolous or light-hearted that made you actually feel really good. Children know how to have fun, because they are carefree and are not inhibited in expressing their joy or trying new things.
As we become adults and some of us ‘grow up’, we forget how to have fun because we limit ourselves and can even feel guilty about doing something we perceive to be silly or a waste of time. I say some of us grow up because there are the lucky few who realise that fun is important to them and refuse to be directed by society and what is ‘appropriate’. They have what I call an ‘ageless attitude’ which I discussed in my previous article ‘A’ is for Ageless Attitude – Don’t let age define your life. Age has no bearing on their ability to try new things and look for new opportunities and experiences.
We need to incorporate more fun in our lives to keep thriving and feeling positive. Having fun is vital for good health. It makes us feel alive, our stress and anxiety levels decrease and we are thriving.
I recently read an article ‘Having Fun – We are Designed for it” – you can read the article in full here.
The main points from the article were:
- Having fun is not a learned response
- We are influenced as we grow up that fun is not a natural state and we are not entitled to it without a precondition
- We think of fun preceeded by the words ‘if only’
- To deny the capacity to have fun is denying what my body needs in order to thrive
3 ways to bring more Fun into your life
1. Break down the barriers
Don’t be defined by your age or pressures of society. Stop saying ‘I can’t’ or ‘I shouldn’t’ and replace these words with ‘Yes, let’s give it a try!’ or ‘Yes, I can’ or ‘Yes, I want to’. We can all use excuses to stop enjoying ourselves, but then that comes back to our attitude.
I recently had a guest who suffers chronic pain but that doesn’t stop her belly-dancing and also having a Pirate Group to entertain children. If you want some inspiration read Ann-Marie’s story How one woman overcame chronic pain to enjoy life
2. Forget your inhibitions
Sometimes we want to do something out of the box but our fear of looking foolish stops us. Our inhibitions can drain our life of fun and laughter. I know I feel this way but you have to ask to yourself ‘what is the worst that can happen?’ Yes, you might look foolish but you might just enjoy yourself too!
3. Learn from children
Our inner child is a term that can be overused but as we get older, we can sometimes lose this special person who is still there but just hiding or being ignored. Letting your inner child visit occasionally will help you have some fun. Spending time with younger people, especially children will also open you opportunities for fun and laughter.
I love spending time with my grandson. He teaches me how to forget timetables and responsibilities and give myself over to having fun. Whether we are pretending to be pirates on a ship, playing chasings, hide and seek, blowing bubbles, jumping on the trampoline, or my favourite swinging (which I have such fond memories of growing up). Those moments bring so much joy to me, simply because I am living in the moment. I actually have put my stresses of life out of my mind and I’m laughing and feel energetic.
What ways can you have fun today and continue on your journey to thriving in life?
In my next post in the A to Z Guide to Thriving, I’m discussing ‘G’ is for Generosity – 10 Benefits of being generous and kind. I do hope you will join me.
You might also like to check out my Over 50 & Thriving series. In this series, published every Thursday, guest writers give insight into what ‘Over 50 & Thriving’ means to them.
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