When is the last time you scheduled fun? When is the last time you laughed so hard you cried and maybe peed your pants a little (if you've had kids, you know what I'm talking about lol).
When we become stressed or overwhelmed, fun is one of the first things sacrificed. Why is that? Because having fun often feels irresponsible. However, the reality is fun is necessary to boost your creativity. Think about kids; they are super creative, imaginative and relaxed. They also have fun way more than us boring, responsible adults. I get that you have things to do, bills to pay, etc., but where can you fit in more fun?
There is a reason why Google employees are paid to play beach volleyball, go bowling or scale a climbing wall and why employees at LinkedIn can play foosball or ping-pong when they tire of answering emails. Play has been proven to increase motivation and productivity. It can also lower your stress levels and boost your optimism.
According to The Mayo Clinic, a good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn't just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:
Laughter isn't just a quick pick-me-up, though. It's also good for you over the long term. Laughter may:
Make it a priority this week to schedule in some fun, play and laughter! Next time you are overwhelmed and stressed, watch a funny movie/video, play with your kids, invite some friends over for game night, dance like no one is watching, etc. The ideas for fun and laughter are endless, so be creative! :)
Here's to another week of living your life by design, not by default!