Why do some of us put off the most creative, fantastic, mood-enhancing thing in our lives?

If you are reading this and feel connected at all to the message of bringing more fun into your life, you must start right away and don’t delay!

Each day at Sanctuary’s Collegeville office we set aside a few minutes for a short dance party. It’s one song and takes no more than five minutes of the day. Dana, Tim, Sara and I randomly “bust a move” in the office! Just last week we danced to songs from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack and it was hilarious!

We don’t take it very seriously (that’s kind of the point) we just have fun and move our bodies in ways that feel good. Plus it helps to counterbalance all of the sedentary and computer laden work we do.

If you need a starting point to introduce more fun in your everyday life, experts recommend thinking about things that truly make you smile.

Step 1: Make a list of people, places and activities that bring a “spontaneous smile” to your face.This is a smile that bubbles up almost irrepressibly, like a beach ball popping out of water.You don’t feel that you’re smiling so much as being smiled. I’ve seen this happen to people—and felt it happen to me—while contemplating very small pleasures, say, flying a kite, or very large ones, such as taking an exotic vacation. I’ve learned to trust this response as a powerful clue from the true self, a signal that one’s innate sense of fun has been awakened and is pointing the way to a more joyful life.

Step 2: Revisit your childhood. Childhood is a time when we feel free to engage in fun and silliness. Try listing some things you remember that made you “lose time,” where hours disappeared in seconds. Think about how you liked to play as a child. Alone or with others? Inside or outside? Calmly or roughly? Almost certainly those preferences still exist in you. Choosing careers, avocations, and personal activities that fit this code will make you happier and more purposeful across the board.

Lastly, make fun a priority in your life.

Each day we have choices. ~Kate

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