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Fun: A Super Delicious “Soul Food”!

by Golda Poretsky, H.H.C. on May 3, 2010

by Golda Poretsky, H.H.C.
www.bodylovewellness.com

This week, a juicy little quickie from the Body Love Wellness archives…

Oh, fun. It almost sounds like a four letter word! How often do we put off fun because of obligations? How often do we put off fun because it seems embarrassing to have fun when everyone else seems so miserable, serious and dour?

Do you find yourself feeling grumpy, unproductive or overly productive, and/or envious of those people that seem to have fun?

Like most things, I have an unpopular opinion about fun.  I’ve found that many of us are truly starving for fun.  In fact, I’ve found that as my clients start to distinguish between emotional hunger and physical hunger, fun becomes more important as a way to feed their emotional hunger.

If you think I’m wrong, let’s try something together. Take a moment to think of the last time you had fun. Picture it in your mind’s eye. Feel that moment in your body. How do you feel now? Energized? Lighter? Ready for more?

Since I love practical tips, here are 10 fun things to try. Make a commitment to try at least one this week!

1) Send a cheeky text message to a friend or lover.
2) Play with your dog (or someone else’s dog).
3) Turn on some music and have a dance break wherever you are.
4) Call a funny friend.
5) Have lunch in the park and people watch.
6) Wink at a cute guy or gal while stopped at a light.
7) Buy fresh flowers for your home or office and give one to a stranger on the street.
8) Put on a fake tattoo.
9) Drive with the windows down and sing your favorite song with gusto.
10) Dress up a little more than you normally would, either at the office or at home.

What did you notice about these fun tips? They’re fun, right? And easier and less time consuming than you thought, I bet?

Perhaps you noticed something else, too: that fun is really just an attitude. It takes a little extra sassiness to send a cheeky text message and hand a flower to a stranger or to take a dance break wherever you are. It takes you saying, “Here I am world! I’m having fun and I’m so happy about it!” It takes you not listening to naysayers who insist that work and obligation should be the focus of your life. Work and obligations have their place too, but fun must be a priority if you want to feel alive.

So whenever you’re feeling inexplicable grumpy, wan, dreary etc., etc., take a moment to have fun wherever you are. You will be so glad that you did!

Let me know which one you tried this week in the comment section below!

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Golda is a certified holistic health counselor and founder of Body Love Wellness, a program designed for plus-sized women who are fed up with dieting and want support to stop obsessing about food and weight. To learn more about Golda and her work, click here.



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meerkat May 4, 2010 at 4:32 am

I am introverted and cannot be sassy on command. Am I doomed to not have fun? Because interacting with strangers (winking, giving flowers) sounds intensely un-fun to me. More like a stressplosion. (I also don’t think dressing up and dancing are fun because they make me face body issues and that isn’t fun.)

Dogs, parks, fake tattoos, and singing along are fun though. I don’t know anyone who has a dog. Can I substitute a cat? They are very fun if you have a toy on a string.

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Golda Poretsky, H.H.C. May 4, 2010 at 11:01 pm

@meerkat, just do the ones that sounds fun. You might find that more sound fun to you the more you try them. :)

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