This post is the fifth part of a series on Being Happy. Links to the other posts in this series are at the end of the post.
Having fun was really low on my priority list when I was at my lowest happy point. I had too many important things to do! I didn’t have time to do something fun, heck, I didn’t have time to think about what might be fun. After all, isn’t fun something that just happens? How would I plan to have fun?!
So, how do you plan to have fun? Well, what activities do you enjoy that you haven’t been participating in? I got back into a hobby that I hadn’t been involved in for a couple of years. If you’re not sure what that might be, think about the things you loved doing as a kid. You can also check out the activities available at your local library or community center or church. If something is offered that interests you, sign up and check it out! If you’re nervous about going alone, see if a friend wants to go too.
Another option is to hang out with your friends more. Make it a point to get together with them. Some of my college friends and I used to see each other maybe once or twice a year and we’d always comment about how we really liked each other, why don’t we see each other more (and we all live within two hours of each other). So, we now get together once every two months. And we plan the next one before we leave the current one.
Don’t forget the music! Put on your favorite tunes and dance. If dancing is not your thing, then just enjoy the music. Sometimes music can take us back in time too. So, if there’s a song/album/artist that reminds you of a particularly happy time in your life put it on!
And get out! I mean go outside. If the weather’s nice go for a walk outside and enjoy nature. Walk around your neighborhood or the local park/forest preserve. The fresh air and movement always calms me down and gives me a peaceful happy feeling.
My last tip is to go into whatever activity you decide to do with a positive attitude. If you think you’re going to have a bad time, you probably will. So, go into it thinking that you’re going to enjoy yourself and smile!
What are your favorite things to do for fun? Let me know in the comments!