Are you having enough fun? How did you respond to the question? Did you give yourself a quick pat on the back and smile because you are having a load of fun, daily? Was it more of a snarl because Life is a serious business, and there just aren’t enough hours in the day to have fun, for Chrissakes!!! Or did you mutter something extremely rude about the kind of person who imagines that an adult has nothing better to do than have fun?!!  Audrey Hepburn famously said: “I love people who make me laugh.  I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh.  It cures a multitude of ills.  It’s probably the most important thing in a person.” Laughter, in case you hadn’t thought about it, is in intimate long-term relationship with fun. Truly!  Laughter has this wonderful knack of cutting troubles down to size. Laughing at anything means taking it lightly - even if that’s only for a moment. It means seeing the ridiculous side of things, and getting playful in your vision. It can even mean (Shock! Horror!!!) getting playful in your behaviour, also.  And playfulness has this funny way of triggering your creativity. Which is terrible, isn’t it? Fun and creativity actually create a sort of virtuous circle. Who’s ever going to object to enjoying a virtuous circle? If you’re getting bogged down in your life, chances are it’s because you’re taking Things too seriously. Now, I’m just emerging from a period in my life when an awful lot of awfully serious things were happening.  What saved my sanity was being able to break the stranglehold of awfulness by having fun. Fun always creates a precious time-out. Had you been a fly on the wall in my house, you wouldn’t have caught me sliding down banisters, or running through the streets in an ape costume, or kitted out as a cheerleader.  But you would have been witness to all sorts of silliness, wisecracking, and general playfulness. Fun rocks! You’ve doubtless heard the refrain of the disapproving po-faced cohorts of a certain age, who say: “When we were young, we used to have to make our own fun…” Yes, and???  Why aren’t they doing that now?  Truth is, age does not exempt us from our (not so solemn) duty to have fun. Fun won’t kill you, truly (it’s an entirely different breed of animal to recklessness).  It won’t make you fat, or ill.  It won’t make you miserable.  What’s more, the only human beings it will ever make you less attractive to are the Confirmed Miseries of the World – those rare individuals who don’t even want to be happy.   Admittedly, it would be a crime against the self-appointed miseries of the world to undermine their devotion toMisery, but… Would you really want to indulge them in their darkest feelings, anyway? If you’re not having enough fun it’s worth getting playful, and seeing how much more fun you can incorporate into your life. To add a little sanity to Wallis Simpson’s dubious pronouncement: “You can never be too rich, or too thin…”– Or have too much fun.” After all, fun is fun-damental to optimal functioning. How will you go about bringing more fun into your day?
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