Become the fun you’re seeking.
What very few books in the self-help area ever address is fun. They don’t let you in on the secret that you can have fun all day long if you realize that it isn’t something you seek, but something you are. Become the fun you’re seeking and you won’t have to wait to have fun.
Stress is diminished in its presence, but most people don’t understand the concept. Essentially, fun is the art of playfulness and the ability to resonate with whatever you’re doing in the best possible way. At some point, we became a nation of workaholics. If all you ever think about is going from one task to another without interruption, you’ve become a robot.
Instead, try to do as much as you can with an attitude that’s full of gratitude and joy. Yes, this may sound naïve, but trust me when I tell you that more things will go right than wrong. I’ve tried this technique when I’m traveling, and amazing things have happened.
Consider how often overworked employees in airports have to put up with disgruntled travelers. I start having fun by being playful with the gate agents. When they ask me how many bags I’m checking, I often respond, “Two, including me.” I get huge guffaws, and sometimes I even get moved into first class! Our interaction has become more humane, and they’re pleased that I’m interested in making our time together fun.
There are so many ways you can make your day more pleasant. In addition, if you’re already enjoying yourself, you’ll be less likely to try to medicate yourself with food.
Here are some tips to help you experience more joy during everyday tasks:
*Get some karaoke music and sing in your car while you’re stuck in traffic.
*Talk to the people standing next to you instead of using your cell phone when you’re waiting in line.
*Let everyone you come in contact with know that you’re interested in them by actively listening. When you act dismissive, it shows how uncomfortable you are with yourself.
*Do all your chores in as playful a way as possible. Squelch the old inner tape that says, “You can’t have fun till the work is done!” Please… you’ll be dead.
*Wake up and create a fun affirmation for the day, such as: My day is filled with fun, joy, and humor. Your attention follows your intention.
*Enjoy the ride when you’re driving. You’ll eventually get where you’re going.
*Make your job as enjoyable as possible. You signed up—no one shipped you off to do forced labor. If you dislike your work, start making plans to do something else.
I realize that some of you may be involved in some very serious situations, but keep in mind that fun is a state of mind, it’s always there for you to tap into.