Let me introduce my How to Be Happy video series with this video about the critical role of fun in being happy. Sounds too simple to be true, but it is a proven strategy for having more joy and pleasure in your life. Check it out:
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Let me summarize my points (spoiler alert!):
This is a common topic in life coaching. Many people are so busy dealing with life’s many pressures that having fun and creating a happy life are simply too low on the priority list. Sadly, fun should be an obvious part of a happy life, but we get stuck under the false belief that it’s fluffy in comparison to the heavy expectations of life.
But, you need to push back on that belief. There is no benefit in living a highly “successful” life if you are not happy with it. And the bottom line is that fun is extremely effective at increasing your happiness.
And don’t forget that fun is not meaningless. If you want to help others and contribute to the world, you cannot do it effectively if you’re not in a positive emotional state.
Take a little test: go pull out your calendar and see how much time you actually scheduled for fun in the last month. Many people find that a month or more can go by without kicking back and having a good time – and that’s usually because they haven’t planned for it. At the end of the day, most people’s calendars reflect what they are prioritizing.
Well, it’s time to start prioritizing your happiness. Here’s a life coaching assignment that may seem a little bold but is actually quite easy once you start getting strategic: schedule time for fun into your calendar every day for the next two weeks.
This is time for you to be happy by going out and doing something purely for enjoyment. This will ensure that you start making fun part of your daily routine – and it will push you to get more effective with other things in your life so fun time is protected.
Remember that the goal of being happy, like all other goals, depends on your ability to manage time. The choices you make with how you spend your time determine what you create in your life. Therefore, if you know that fun is a way for you to be happy, the most logical way to use this knowledge is to carve out time to apply it.
What are your thoughts? How do you carve out time to enjoy some good, old-fashioned fun?
Marie Wetmore, Life and Career Coach
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