When times are tough in our busy lives, fun is one of the first things to be stricken from the daily schedule. But fun is one of the innate, basic needs of humans and other living beings.
Observe a child, a puppy, a kitten. Their job is playing. Through play, they have fun while they learn about the world. Many of us have been taught that to be mature, we have to behave a certain way – go to work, be serious, keep a rigorous schedule, grow up! And, we forget about fun.
Then in our later years, often in retirement, we return to the notion of life being fun. Did you ever notice how much younger retirees appear and behave a short time after they've been away from work? Their stress level has plummeted and their fun factor has increased.
The prescription for more enjoyment and less stress is FUN. Think of an activity that you love. Then, make time to do it on a regular basis. It doesn't have to be huge, expensive, or far away -- something that you find enjoyable. It could be hiking in the park or woods, gardening, taking a luxurious bubble bath, or having coffee with a friend. Maybe baking, dancing, reading a book, going to a concert, or strolling along and browsing in shops makes you happy. Whatever it is, make time for fun every day. It's the new antioxidant.
What's fun for you? What fun thing can you inject into your schedule today?