MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!
Let’s have some fun! #CircuitBreakerSG
We decided to have some fun today as it is May the fourth, and you may be aware that today is Star Wars Day, a day that we can use the date to say May the Force be with you!
So, let us ask the question when was the last time you laughed? Really laughed so hard that you cried. Did you know that children laugh on average up to 300 times a day? Adults on the other hand only do so on an average of 17 times. Now that is a huge difference! Part of why children laugh more is because playtime is scheduled into their day.
Adults find it hard to schedule fun because there are only so many hours in a day, and we need to fulfil our responsibilities. Many of us feel that we need to earn our playtime. We are on a race to success and feel our time is too precious to sacrifice.
Research shows that happiness is a huge part of what leads to success. Therefore, we should be spending time on achieving future goals along with accessing joy! How much joy do you experience when you are doing things for your future success versus immersing yourself in an activity that brings you joy at that moment?
It is likely a significant difference because it is proven that when we are in a flow and completely immersed in something, our level of happiness is the highest.
Think about how good it feels when you engage in activities that bring you joy. What does it feel like to be with the people who make you laugh? Reflect on how it feels to be completely swept up in a hobby you are passionate about.
One of the keys to happiness includes carving out time each week to engage in play. Not waiting until you are further ahead in life to feel that you are entitled to take the time.
Take a moment to recall how the times that brought you joy inspired you. Make a note of the activities that brought about these feelings. Do not look for justifications to make time for these activities that nourish you. Grant yourself space, time and serenity to be a part of that hobby that you have always wanted to pick up but have been putting off to a time when you feel you can do it.
What would it take to step out of your comfort zone and dance, create art, bake, curate your own playlist, spend time with your loved ones and bond over games or even connecting with your community?
What would you do if you had all the time in the world? Sometimes our answers are in the questions we ask ourselves.
By HARSHEENI HANNA RAJOO
Educational Advisor and Senior Educational Therapist