Video: Make Time for Fun. Even If You Have To Schedule It Like a Dentist’s Appointment.

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge — This month’s theme is Fun. Fun may sound frivolous, but people who regularly have fun are much more likely to describe themselves as happy. Last week’s resolution was to Find some fun. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

This week’s resolution is to Make time for fun.

What do you do to make sure that you have time for some fun in your life?

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
What do you find fun? A question I find surprisingly difficult to answer–how about you?
Quiz: How fun is your workplace?
Why it’s important — even selfless — to have fun.
The 3 types of fun, and the secret of why people watch so much TV.

If you’re new, here’s information on the 2010 Happiness Challenge (or watch the intro video). It’s never too late to start! You’re not behind, jump in right now, sign up here. For more ideas, check out the Happiness Project site on Woman’s Day.

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  • Joe

    I’ve built the “celebration of me” into my life. Every week I celebrate that *one awesome thing* I did…how big or how small is not important.

    The important thing is that I acknowledge myself and what I’m feeling.

    It’s important that we all check in with ourselves and find out how we’re feeling.

    By taking a time out and celebrating our life and our accomplishments, we stand a better chance of being happy.

    At least it seems to be working for me.

    Great psot…luv what you’re doing Gretchen.

    Living Life By Design

  • LivewithFlair

    You know me: I can make mopping the kitchen floor have flair. Fun for us is whatever we are doing. Lately, it’s fun to make “fairy doors” to put around the house. Life with little girls involves lots and lots of glitter!

  • Harriet Cabelly

    Check out my piece from the Tiny Buddha website. It’s about creating fun and joy through/despite the challenges of life. Here is the link: (copy and paste)

    Harriet Cabelly

  • clearlycomposed

    *lol* This is so great. I actually started a Summer Fun Series on my blog just to make sure I took fun breaks this summer and I think it really has helped me to remember to have that time.

  • i 100% need this, and 100% love it!

    i do find blogging fun and i carve out a little slice of my day every day to do this! but it still can take on an aspirational quality as well (as you mentioned).

    i find the idea of scheduling blocks of ‘unstructured fun’ rather hilarious but at the same time COMPLETELY necessary for me. otherwise i will fill all of my time with to-dos, some of which may be pleasant, but do not always meet the true definition of fun.

    thinking about it, i have the most fun:

    — planning and hosting social events (and attending them, when in the right mood)
    — reading fiction
    — snuggling in bed & watching movies with my husband
    — lying on the couch catching up on my favorite blogs
    — running outside in pretty weather to podcasts that i enjoy

    some of these activities are things that i WILL schedule in because i see them as valuable (ie, the running). but others get overlooked time and again, and i’d like to try to combat that!

    thanks for a great post!

  • Gretchen, my apologies for being off-topic here, but I’m curious about the work of art you have in the background. Did you or someone you know draw/paint that?

    Great post, by the way. It’s amazing how children have fun so naturally, but once when we’re grown, we’ve often forgotten how.

    • Thanks! That’s the work of the artist Jacob Collins, a friend of mine. His work is beautiful.

  • JoLynne Worley

    I had a lot of problems with this video starting and stopping repeatedly.

    • I heard about this from someone else…will see what I can do!