A quick definition of “fun”:
The popular online dictionary, Merriam-Webster.com defines fun as:
- someone or something that is amusing or enjoyable : an enjoyable experience or person
- an enjoyable or amusing time
- the feeling of being amused or entertained
As you can see, words like “work”, “obligation”, and “responsibility”, do not fit in with this definition. It’s about having a good time for the sake of having a good time. And it is crucial for your overall wellness and maintaining a positive mental state.
The importance of having fun
Why you need to make room in your life for fun
When you are having fun you are also in a state of pleasure and enjoyment. A moment of fun allows you to shift your mood quickly to a positive state. This can carry into your next activity even if it’s not something you consider fun. And when it does, helps you to enjoy more of your work, responsibility and obligation.
If you ask yourself what you work for or what you want in life, the answer is most likely linked to fun. It’s actually why we live. The human goal is life is commonly to be happy. And being happy is most often linked to activities you would consider fun.
Fun is an innate skill that cognitive psychologists believe is necessary for the way our brain is wired to make us conscious. Since you know how to have fun its not a focus of teaching. Education teaches us how to be responsible and work. That teaching over time, and the lack of teaching about fun has you lose practicing the skill so much so that sometimes it gets completely lost.
Try this now: Are you having fun?
Create a list of all the activities you consider fun. This will be different for everyone.
Then, write down the actions you take during your week. Cross reference the lists to see if the fun activities are there. If they aren’t you need to incorporate these activities into your week. Start with one activity and try to add more.
Are you having too much careless fun?
True fun is frivolous, that is, the activity has nothing to do with your day-to-day responsibilities. Be aware that having too much frivolous fun is also not healthy. You’ll know you’re doing this if you see many of your fun activities and less responsibilities on your list. Too much careless fun can translate to over indulgence and an unproductive life that isn’t forwarding accomplishments you’d like to attain.