What if we said that having fun wasn’t just helpful to yourhappiness and health, but that it was essential? Here are three quick reasonswhy having fun and truly enjoying life leads to a higher quality of one’s existence.

Having Fun Can BeHealing
Having fun isn’t unproductive by any means ­– occasionalrelaxation recharges your mind and soul and gives your body the chance to releasethe stress you’ve been holding on to. Those looming projects and deadlines canwait for an hour while you do something you truly do enjoy, whether it’sreading a book by the fire or trying out the new rock-climbing center down thestreet. You’re healing your mind by giving it a chance to rest and recover, andyou’re boosting your spirit by doing something you enjoy.

Having Fun Can LiftMoods
Making time for fun in your life can turn it around. If you’rein a slump, ask yourself what isn’t working. Once you’ve figured that out, makechanges. Schedule in play dates with yourself, and make sure you’re getting enoughtime for fun through music, games, friendship, athletic activity, or any otherpositive outlet. These habits can help you view life with optimism, engage morewith those around you, and can even help the level of endorphins in your system(boosts mood!).

Having Fun CanInspire Creativity
By giving yourself the time to blow off steam once or twicea week, you’re relieving stress and keeping your mind calm. Next time whensomething goes wrong at work, you’re less likely to get panicked and stressedabout it. The time you invest in your own enjoyment and positivity willencourage curiosity and wonder, and soon you’ll be more likely to come up withimaginative solutions to wide-ranging problems.

One thing we know is that waiting around for the perfectmood to start having fun is pretty counterproductive. You have to make the funhappen in your life – start tonight by standing up, making a list of things youwish you had more time for, and start doing one or more of them!