If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong! This is one of the last concepts I learned during my immersive year studying with Tony Robbins. It sounded good, but two years ago I really didn’t understand how it was possible. Since then, I have been starting to get a glimpse of how to experience fun and joy daily. As we head into the holidays and year end, I would like to share my learnings with you.
- Go on a treasure hunt each day to see all the miracles that are present in your life. I started this about a year ago and it’s really changed the lens through which I view my life. Each morning, I start the day looking for “miracles:” simple occurrences like a light turning green just as I step out of Grand Central onto 42nd Street, or the elevator door opening just I push the up button. You see, these “good” things happen every day, but I missed them when I wasn’t searching for them. By spotting these little daily miracles, I have trained my brain to see the good stuff and not just default to finding the bad.
- Be grateful! Each morning on my commute to work, I write out my intentions. This ritual helps me to focus on what I want the day to look and feel like. One of the questions I answer is, “What am I grateful for today?” By writing out what I appreciate each day, I become more conscious of all the gifts in my life. I have found that recalling and writing down what I’m grateful for brings me both joy and perspective.
- Practice self care. Everything I have learned over the past few years affirms how important it is for us to take time for self care. This is not selfish! If we keep our tanks full, we will have more to give to others. I now make sure I have enough sleep, healthy food (especially during busy times when I am most like to eat junk food) and time alone to recharge. What do you need to fill your tank so you don’t feel depleted? How can you make the time during this hectic holiday season for some self care?
- Make joy a top priority. Most of us have to do lists, but is feeling joy on them? I know this sounds silly, but why not try to make a conscious decision to feel good and even have fun?
- I have made “What will I do today to feel joy and have fun?” one of my daily intention questions. I have found that by starting each day with joy and fun as priorities, I am more likely to seek out and act on opportunities that arrive to experience joy! I have also noticed that the things in my life that bring me joy usually involve being with people I love. Lucky for me, I love my clients and treasure the time I get to spend with them!
I hope one of these tips for experiencing more joy and fun in your life resonates with you! Have a wonderful holiday!