Fun is vastly under-rated, and most people feel like they “fail” at creating more time to laugh and play. With clients, I often suggest creating a list of 5-10 things they can do for fun that they can integrate into their lives on a regular basis. It is rare that they return with a full list, noting that they just can’t name that many things that make them laugh. With this in mind, I taped the following vlog to help you get back to the basics of a fun and leisure. (It looks like I’m meditating… but YouTube has it’s own fun by choosing the still-shot it uses for the start page– always comical!) Take a look:
To get a bit more info about how to integrate fun, read the excerpt from my book below:
(Taken from Chapter 12 of Soul Health: Aligning with Spirit for Radiant Living)
Like the other branches of soul health, the recreational branch consists of many elements that you might never have considered. Your ability to recognize the differences among fun, leisure, and life balance, to understand your beliefs about them, and to identify your general outlook on life all help you feed your soul. Most importantly, your willingness to create a strong recreational branch can fortify and boost your resilience in handling more stressful or challenging aspects of the human condition.
What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul. ~ Yiddish Proverb
The word “fun” means “to behave playfully.” And when we do so, it clearly does our soul good. There is nothing better for your soul than an uncontrollable belly laugh that brings you to the point of tears and leaves your sides aching, your energy spent. No other experience feeds your soul more than these hearty bouts of mirth, and no other experience leaves your soul more content.
One study shows that the average four year-old laughs three to four hundred times a day, while adults average fewer than four times a day. When I share these statistics in workshops, a sad, desperate sigh usually fills the room and most agree that they do not have enough fun or laughter in their lives.
No matter how you look at it, fun is under-rated. Research is clear that laughter, itself, produces multiple health benefits including a decrease in blood pressure and stress hormones, an increase in endorphins (natural pain killers) and immunity to illness, and fewer physical effects of stress altogether. Thus, if you have a lot of fun in your life, you can bet that you will be healthier than those who have lost their joy and therefore have more emotional and physical ailments. Not only does the fun in your life heal your body, it also soothes your soul.
- When was the last time you behaved playfully rather than acted for a purpose other than fun?
- What fun are you leaving out of your life?
- Are you resentful of others who seem to have more fun than you?
- Have you forgotten what makes you laugh?