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It's Not OK To Have Fun - It's Essential! :)

When last did you have FUN? I mean the kind of spontaneous fun that leaves you elated, inspired and feeling on top of the world? :)

Life can be tough - the economy, politics, pressure at work, family issues, money-problems – there are plenty of external factors that can make you feel thoroughly hopeless and miserable if you allow it.

But no matter what the circumstances, you can choose to actively embrace Life with joy and enthusiasm, which is always rewarding and a lot more fun!

You’re here; you’re alive, so why not enJOY it?
“You joy your way to joy. You laugh your way to success. It is through your joy that good things come.” ~ Abraham-Hicks
If you feel like you're trudging through life, uninspired and lacking energy and enthusiasm, then it’s time to tune into your Joy and have some FUN!

Ancient Greek philosophers, modern day wellness experts and medical practitioners all agree - having fun is GOOD FOR YOU!

Lose the ‘heavies' and Lighten Up – you don’t need to take it all so seriously.
Look at the funny side and learn to laugh at life.
"A person without a sense of humour is like a wagon without springs; jolted by every pebble in the road." ~ Henry Ward Beecher
You’ll find your own life a source of endless amusement when you learn to laugh at yourself. :)
“The person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.”~ Shirley MacLaine
Laughter really is the best medicine!
It diffuses tension, reduces stress hormones, lowers blood pressure, increases pain tolerance, boosts your immune system, and even gives your abs, heart and shoulder muscles a good workout.
Laughter is highly contagious so you’ll be benefiting those around you too as you Spread the Glow :)

When you’re playing, laughing, and having fun, you’re relaxing. You’ll find that you connect more easily to your creative source than when you’re stressed, agitated and distracted.
Creativity and inspiration flow when your mind is relaxed.
"A happy brain is a balanced brain. And a laughing brain is a creative brain." ~ Anne Wilson Schaef
Having fun boosts your enthusiasm and ups your energy levels. When you’re tuned into your Joy, and doing what you love, you’ll be far more likely to succeed at whatever you’re doing, than if you’re chugging along at half-steam feeling uninspired and demotivated.
"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing." ~ Dale Carnegie
We all raced around playing, having fun and squealing with laughter as children, but many of us have lost touch with that side of ourselves. We deem it to be childish and inappropriate adult behaviour.
In actual fact, it’s through play that we tap into our genius :) (and yes, we ALL have it – Good News!).
“Studies show that we must recapture, or prevent the loss of such child-like traits as the ability to learn, to love, to laugh about small things, to leap, to wonder, and to explore. It’s time to rescue ourselves from our grown-up ways before it’s too late. As Rene Dubos put it, ‘Genius is childhood recaptured’.” ~ Robert K.Cooper
Do you remember what activities you loved as a child? Try doing them again now and you’ll feel that same sense of joy and enthusiasm.
“The activities we loved to do as children are things that can still set our hearts free. Creating time to engage in some form of playful activity could increase your feelings of well-being and infuse your life with greater energy.” ~ DailyOM
You don’t need to spend money or go on holiday to have fun. Have fun celebrating the everyday things! :)
“I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things…. I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.”~ Leo F. Buscaglia
Many of us have been brought up to believe that “life’s not about having fun”.
I chose to ignore that advice :) as behaving in a buttoned-up Victorian manner just didn’t do it for me.
I love to laugh and have fun with life! I like to inject a bit of fun into everything I do. I laugh a lot and choose to enJOY my life :)
“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” ~ e. e. cummings
Of course it’s not all going to be Champagne and Roses – though there’s no reason not to enjoy either, or both of these along the way :)
There’ll always be challenging people and circumstances to deal with and tedious tasks to perform.
Mostly, these challenges and chores are somehow linked to our blessings, or are themselves blessings in disguise. We can’t avoid them, but we can choose to keep our sense of humour about them and inject a little fun into proceedings.
"Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans: it’s lovely to be silly at the right moment." ~ Horace
You may feel daunted by learning new skills that are not always easy at first.
Don’t berate yourself for what you can’t do – have fun mastering it as you go along. 
You’ll feel fantastic when you’ve done it – it's huge fun just thinking about your achievement.
You’ve accomplished something new! :)

It’s much more fun when you approach the challenging tasks playfully.
I decided to play a game with myself to stop smoking. As a long-time smoker (up to 60 a day – yeuch!), I’d had enough of being controlled by a toxic habit and woke up one morning, about six years ago, determined to put an end to it. I put my cigs in the cupboard just to see how long I could leave them there.

The game had begun!
It wasn’t at all easy, but there was no way I was going to let myself open that cupboard. 
I had fun cheering myself on. “You can do it Bets, one more hour… Great Stuff! Go Bets!
The fun was in counting the hours, then days that I had stuck it out for. I was determined to do it. There was no going back. I felt fantastic for sticking to my resolve.

I approach all difficult tasks the same way -  learning to put this blog together, learning to run, setting up my new Smartphone -  playfully determined to achieve them, laughing at myself when I make mistakes and celebrating my accomplishments as I go :)
"Life must be lived as play" ~ Plato
Life is not supposed to be miserable!  You can change your approach and choose to create your own fun, wherever you are and whatever situation you're in.
“Don’t complain that you ‘never have any fun’. Change your perspective, set your dial to FUN and start creating it! We were each born to be the deliberate creators of our own reality and to make that reality one of fun, laughter, joy and beauty." ~ Barbara Wren
You can start having more fun with your imagination. Imagine yourself living your Most Joyful Life. Doesn’t it feel good?

If you want to empower yourself with enthusiasm, energy and inspiration, then having fun is essential! :)

Lighten up, play, be silly, be spontaneous, smile inside, smile at the world, laugh at yourself, laugh with others, have fun and Spread the Glow :)
“We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” - George Bernard Shaw
With love,

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  1. Hi Bets,

    I'm enjoying reading through your blog (backwards nogal) :).
    Have a lovely weekend.

  2. Big Smile on my face - Thank You, and thanks for Spreading the Glow Di :)

    Hugs back!
    Bets xx