August 2010 Happiness Project: Have FUN!
Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project encourages us all to focus on FUN for the month of August. With all that we have going on in our lives, the economy, and the recent jobless numbers, it is sometimes difficult to focus on fun. The drudgery of the daily grind and trying to “get by” make it difficult to focus on fun. But there are rewards and contentment in doing so.
According to Gretchen, why it’s important, and even selfless, to have fun:
If you have plenty of fun in your life – if you make time to see friends, to learn about things that interest you, to do the things you enjoy, like reading or going to movies or hiking – you have a higher store of patience and tolerance.
On the other hand, when you don’t have much fun in your life, it’s easy to become preoccupied with the aggravations and frustrations. There’s nothing to distract you from your bad feelings.
It may seem selfish to focus on having more fun and happiness. But as I’ve seen dramatically proven in my own life this year, by working to be happier myself (and happiness takes a surprising amount of work), I’m far better able to make other people happier.
I’m less crabby. I laugh more easily. I find it easier to go out of my way to help other people. I’m less resentful, judgmental, and insecure.
Agreed. Heading out to find my own fun this weekend. Please do the same!