While chatting with a lady friend on Friday, then again Saturday at a networking event for UP (Undeniably Powerful) women, and then Saturday night at a comedy show starring a dear friend of mine, Dave MacDonald, that buzz of energy was physically uplifting. I could feel a dramatic increase in my energy as I laughed and socialized. After spending all of that time having fun, I felt, and still feel, genuinely happy!
Now, what’s fun for me may not be fun for everyone, but I’d be willing to bet that if you go out and do something that you consider fun, you would feel up-lifted as well. In fact, I would actually be willing to guarantee it and here’s why.
In my You’re the Boat analogy, the porthole directly in the center of the boat represents play. It’s placement there in the center, directly above the keel (responsibilities) and below the mast (strength) shows how fun is an integral part of a fortified, fulfilling life. Right along with filling your needs and getting enough rest. It’s not just the ‘sprinkles on the cupcake’, fun lives at the core of our being.
Nobody else can make you have fun. It’s your responsibility to know how you have fun and make time to do it. It’s especially effective when you can have fun with someone on your crew. (Remember your crew are your people, family, friends and/or neighbors) because when fun is shared, joy gets doubled. Having good times with your crew helps you to feel loved and supported.
“Well-being cannot exist just in your own head. Well-being is a combination of feeling good as well as having meaning, good relationships and accomplishment.” Martin Seligman
Focusing on having fun and doing what you makes you happy, as opposed to worrying and stressing over what you don’t have, fills your sails and feeds your soul. Happiness, fun and a positive attitude (remember, your attitude is the rudder on the ship) will help you to have a life worth looking forward to.
I dare you to try it. Think about something that you’ve been putting off because you think you have too much work to do. Go ahead and make a point to put it into your schedule and then go do it. Give yourself some time to just go play and then gauge how you feel afterwards. I’ll bet you feel better!
I’d love to hear about how it goes in the comments below!