Dr Stephanie A. Sarkis, a clinical psychologist and counsellor says, “When is the last time you really had fun?  Think about it—the last time you just let yourself go and had a good time? When did you last forget about all your daily responsibilities and live in the moment? If it’s been too long, your assumptions about fun may be holding you back”. You may be assuming that you don’t have the time, you need to spend a lot of money, or it has to be big and spectacular.

The truth of life is as much fun as you decide to make it. “When you talk about Life, you talk about happiness, mental health and its well-being as wed as stress, pressures, sadness and loneliness. You are so caught up with the rut of your everyday routine, that you find it almost impossible to find time to have fun and relax. It is a myth to say that you do not find time to have fun. It is a tragedy to think of life without fun. If fun can ease out your loneliness and can make you happy for such long periods, then why don’t you place more importance on it?

What can you probably do to have a fun filled life? You don’t have to do something dramatic to have a more interesting and exciting life. Small and simple changes, shifts in thinking, can shake up your world enough to make it more fun, fascinating and adventurous. You can get out of the rut of your everyday routine and put some sparkle into your lifestyle with just a little creative thinking and planning.

– R. Gregory



Assumptions About Fun

When is the last time you really had fun? Think about it—the last time you just let yourself go and had a good time? When did you last forget about all your daily responsibilities and live in the moment? If it’s been too long, one of these assumptions about fun may be holding you back.

  • You’re worried what other people will think. You don’t want to look silly in front of other people. You’re afraid they’ll judge you. Guess what? Other people don’t think about you nearly as much as you think they do. Besides, you’re not a mind reader. You don’t know what is going on in other people’s minds.
  • You think you need to spend money. It’s true: Some of the best things in life are free. You don’t need to go on a pricey vacation or buy a lot of stuff to have fun. Many times it’s just being in the moment with the people you care about. And that costs nothing.
  • You think you don’t have the time. There is always time to have fun. I don’t care who you are or how little time you think you have—you can make the time. Also, fun is found in the little moments—you don’t need to carve out your whole day. Block out a half-hour to do something you enjoy, just for the fun of it.

— Stephanie A. Sarkis