This year we have been looking for habits to implement in our daily routines in order to enjoy life so much that we are excited about waking up each morning and unwrapping it as a gift.
Do you remember as a kid, being so very excited about summer coming. Counting down how many days of school left before those glorious days of freedom was one of my favorite activities!! Therefore, our habit for June will be to have FUN every day!!
When we were young children, our life energy was boundless and we experienced intense joy and delight on a regular basis. In order to become socially except-able creatures, we were taught how to limit and curtail our fun activities. Sometimes this was for our own safety and other times to not threaten the status quo of those around us. We noticed that we could be more accepted if we limited our excited, exuberant behavior. Often as adults we are so conditioned to not have fun and it almost feels painful to try. Studies show the majority of adults laugh or play together an average of 10 minutes a week. We might seek out to be entertained, but that does not meet a need inside of us to overcome our resistance and have fun.
I really like the word “delight“. It is more than fun. I see images of children frolicking in fields and splashing in puddles. I imagine a full body experience from my head to my toes!!
Do you feel resistant to having fun or delight every day? Wonder where to start? It might feel contrived or artificial at first. Remember the only way to lower this automatic resistance is to repeat the new behavior often enough so that it begins to feel familiar and therefore safe.
So, how about it? What are some things you can do to delight in your day? Make a list! Everyone is different.
I am off to the pool. Usually I am a chicken and like to ease slowly into the water. Today, I will challenge myself to jump in all at once with a scream of joy!! Yep, I may just have to repeat it several times in order to feel safe doing it.