I’ve noticed that the people whose lives are heavily weighed down with responsibility tend to smile and laugh a lot less than those who have fewer concerns. While that observation isn’t particularly surprising, I am convinced that it doesn’t have to be that way… I am very fond of a saying attributed to Abraham Lincoln: “People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” I am a firm believer that if you want to have fun and happiness in your life, you have to choose it and take steps to make it happen!
If you find yourself pretty much in the same routine, continually doing the same old thing, eating the same food regularly, following the same familiar route to work each day, you are probably in a rut. One way to combat this monotony is to shake things up a bit. Take a different route to work or when doing errands, try out a new restaurant or make your own gourmet picnic to eat outdoors. Try to vary your work tasks, even if it’s just switching around your usual order. Little shifts like this can change your perspective and pull you out of an unpleasant rut you may find yourself in.
Laughing more also helps too. Even if you haven’t felt much like laughing lately, there are things you can do to bring laughter back. One of my favourite ways is to watch a funny show on the telly or to read humorous books. There is a Yoga exercise that requires taking a deep breath and then laughing out loud as hard as you can. It may sound surprising, but you won’t believe how calming it is. Studies show that laughing helps boost our immune system and lower our stress levels. Those are great reasons to laugh as much as possible.
Another idea to bring fun back into your life is trying something new and challenging, which may be a little more trying right now. Sign up for a class of some sort with a friend, even if it’s online. Look for a fun outdoor activity or spend an afternoon at a miniature golf course. The key is to find something you haven’t done before and then approach it with the goal to have fun. By choosing activities where nothing is riding on the outcome, you can focus on enjoying the experience rather than worrying about how well you do things.
These suggestions are ways to help shake up your routine, while having a little fun in the process. And while you’re at it, take time to notice all the wonder around you. Pay attention to how many things you enjoy doing each day, things you may do automatically or take for granted. Be mindful of them and see how your experience changes. I hope you’ll try some of these uplifting activities. It makes a big difference when we stop to count our blessings and work on creating an attitude of gratitude. We experience a lot more fun and joy in the process. Believe me!
My wishes for a wonderful week!Be
“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities; an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”
World War I Soldier, Reginald B. Mansell
Your action for today is to take one of your challenges and turn it into an opportunity.
Have an extraordinary day!