Did you have fun today?
As a kid that was a common question to hear.
Yet, as an adult, you would mostly shrug or frown at this question.
You spend part of your day stressed at work and then, the rest of it stressed thinking about what you have to do tomorrow.
As a result, it can be quite hard to find room for fun in your life. You can see it more like a luxury than anything else.
But it’s not! What if I told you learning how to have more fun can also impact your health?
Let’s see the benefits and how to make it happen.
10 Simple Tricks to Have More Fun in Your Life
Why Should You Have More Fun?
There are multiple benefits you can enjoy when you make fun a daily habit. When you enjoy yourself, you experience positive emotions which have a positive effect on you.
Mental Health America says:
Laughing decreases pain, may help your heart and lungs, promotes muscle relaxation and can reduce anxiety. [Also], positive emotions can decrease stress hormones and build emotional strength.
Besides reducing stress, anxiety and improving your physical health, other benefits are:
- improves your relationships with others
- increases energy
- gives you a feeling of youthfulness
- improves memory and concentration
How to Have More Fun?
Before learning how you can enjoy your daily lifestyle more, you need to have something clear.
Fun means something different to everyone.
Although you should try to experience more fun in your life, make sure to know your limits. Don’t try to be someone you’re not.
In other words, don’t try things you won’t feel good doing. You would hardly get any benefits if you’re not enjoying yourself.
1. Plan Your Fun Activities
It is no secret that life is pretty busy. So, if you don’t have time to even rest well, how could you possibly have time to have fun? The simple answer is by planning.
Yes, as weird as it might sound, you need to consciously plan weekly activities that allow you to have more fun.
For example, let’s say doing Zumba is something that amuses you. If you don’t make a space in your schedule for a class, it is unlikely that it will happen.
The same happens with any other activity.
Therefore, to avoid getting caught up, when you look at your weekly calendar, you should write down those activities that allow you to have fun. This way, you’ll be separating a spot for something you enjoy instead of leaving it for “when you have time”.
2. Explore New Things
Sometimes, to have more fun in your life, you need to try new things.
This is for two reasons:
- One, your usual pastimes might not excite you the same anymore
- Second, you can discover new sides of yourself
For example, you might be a bookworm. All your life you’ve read books for fun. Yet, that doesn’t mean you can’t try something different.
You can go Skydiving and still have fun! You shouldn’t let your fear of the unknown stop you.
Alex Lickerman, author of Happiness in this World says:
Opening our minds to a new thing or a new way of thinking is often frightening because by definition it’s unfamiliar. Unfamiliarity often rings the alarm bell “danger—potentially unsafe.” But if you think about it, most of the things we fear don’t actually come to pass. What’s more, we’re often unable to anticipate the good things that do occur as a result of our trying something new.
3. Get Rid of the “Too Childish” Mentality
If you want to have more fun, then you need to stop being too “adult” for things.
Often, people refrain from certain activities because they might seem foolish or they are already “too old for that”.
Yet, in many cases, things that were fun to you as a kid could still be fun if you are willing to give them a chance.
So? Instead of being self-conscious, decide to focus on enjoying yourself regardless of what people might think. Go climb a tree, color a book or get dirty playing with sand.
Your inner kid knows better than anyone how to have fun. Let him out!
4. Be Flexible
This might sound contradictory, but not everything needs to be on schedule.
The thing is, the opportunity to entertain yourself can come to you in an unexpected way. Should you reject it just because it is not scheduled? No!
Instead, choose to be flexible. If suddenly someone invites you to the movies or to the beach, and you don’t have any other commitment, then take the opportunity!
Or, if someone kicks a ball of soccer in your direction while you’re walking, why not join the fun? Tiktok star Simba.qs does exactly that!
So? Learn to be flexible and embrace the opportunities life gives you.
5. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Sometimes, to truly enjoy yourself, you’ll have to get off the couch.
It might seem like watching Netflix is the greatest pastime out there. But, usually, watching TV is the go-to option in your free time just because it is easy and comfortable.
It doesn’t exactly fill your life with excitement, right?
Therefore, to have fun, you’ll need to step out of your comfort zone.
For example, instead of watching TV, choose to take a dance class or to go for a hike.
Yes, some things might actually require some extra effort on your part, but they will bring you joy and smiles.
6. Have More “Yes” in Your Life
Did you know that you can sabotage your own fun?
That’s what happens if you’re constantly saying no.
Don’t get this wrong. This doesn’t mean you should say yes to every single proposal and opportunity you get. That would be reckless.
However, by saying no always, either because you’re too lazy or too shy, you could be losing the chance to have fun. Eventually, friends and family will stop asking you out.
Instead, by accepting some invitations, and stepping out of your comfort zone, you can live new and fun experiences. Those will stay in your memory for longer time than a solo- movie night.
You can watch the comedy Yes Man to get an (exaggerated and comical) idea of how saying more yes can change your life.
7. Stop Worrying About Other People
But what would they think of me?
When you’re an adult, is quite common to worry about your reputation.
Since you might feel like you’re under the spotlight, you might limit yourself to keep others from talking about you.
If this is stopping you from experiencing fun in your life, then there are two things you should know:
- One, most people don’t care about what you do. They’re too busy with their own problems to care if you enrolled in dance classes or went skydiving.
- Two, you shouldn’t care about those who do care. That if, if you’re not harming anybody close to you or doing something illegal, of course.
To sum it up, to have more fun, you need to stop thinking about public opinion. Leave those worries to famous people.
8. Go Small and Simple
Many people relate fun to big parties or long trips. Although they’re not wrong, you can enjoy yourself with simpler and smaller activities.
For example, you can have fun by trying a new recipe.
Similarly, you can include small activities in your daily life that entertain you.
Some daily fun things to do could be:
- training your dog
- playing video games with friends
- completing a rubik’s cube
- running bicycle or skateboard
- trying a new restaurant
- visiting a local gallery
You get the point! You can have more fun by doing simple activities that you enjoy.
9. Start Creating
When was the last time you created something?
Something like a painting, a sculpture, or a birdhouse?
Even if you don’t consider yourself crafty, creating or building something can amuse you.
Moreover, when you engage in the creation of something new, you can experience:
- reduced levels of stress
- enhanced focus
- sense of fulfillment when finishing your project
Just get creative and create something new!
10. Stay Present
There are two things that could seriously be robbing you a lot of smiles and fun: the past and the future.
You see, sometimes, you aren’t able to have more fun just because you’re not focused on what’s going on.
You’re either thinking about something that happened or thinking about something you must do next.
So, to enjoy yourself, you need to practice mindfulness and stay present at the moment. Appreciate the activity you’re doing at the time.
Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh says:
“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it”
Just Have More Fun!
Having more fun should be a personal goal for everyone. After all, life is too short to live it with a frown.
Besides the fun itself, there are also multiple benefits you can enjoy when you decide to enjoy yourself, like reduced stress and increased energy.
Fun doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. It can start with saying “yes” to more invitations or simply coloring a book.
Whatever you decide to do to have more fun, don’t forget to actually enjoy it. That way, when some asks “did you have fun today?”, you can smile and say yes.