The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.

~Chinese Proverb~

Early holiday gift: Key to enjoying a fulfilling life

November 27, 2012
As an element of good mental and emotional health, fun does not get the respect it deserves. We can connect with others, learn, and get physical exercise while having fun, not that we always do.

People in a fun mood attempt to make whatever is happening amusing or enjoyable. They frequently infect others with playfulness and that is good for our health. You cannot simultaneously have fun and be stressed-out.

Better health is why everyone needs to get serious about spending more time in play.

Activities that are fun can leave us laughing, expansive, blissful, satisfied, amused, lighthearted, excited, thrilled, tickled, happy, released, or joyful. No wonder childhood is a special time. For children, life is fun. They learn and grow as they play, imagine, create, and experiment, at least until they get into school.

Our public education system mistakenly cultivates the rational mind more than the intuitive mind. As Albert Einstein succinctly put it, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

Some may think that honoring our creative imagination would turn the world into an orgy of irresponsible fun. That is unlikely since we have a rational mind that will insist we remain responsible as we play. Even if our rationality fails us, it is hard to imagine irresponsible fun would be worse than the current climate of irresponsible tedium.

Maybe the reason we have to make our lives meaningful is that we have forgotten the meaning of life is to have fun. Being playful and laughing with others creates healthy relationships and builds community. It is a way to share the enjoyment of life. When people list their regrets they never say, “I am so sorry for the time I spent having fun with my kids.”

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