All work and no play doesn’t just make Jack a dull boy, it also makes Jack a very unhealthy boy!
As opposed to our thoughts that fun is a waste of time (well, it can be) , having fun has tremendous health benefits.
Simple activities like sharing a joke with a friend, playing video games, indoor or outdoor games, going for a swim or playing chess has incredible health benefits.
We put together four (4) benefits you can derive from having fun.
1. Serotonin Secretion.
Our most basic processes such as body temperature, sleep patterns, memory, and mood are regulated by a chemical called serotonin. Having fun, relaxing and connecting with people helps increase your Serotonin level.
2. Stress Stopper!
Having fun is like having a bank of energy that you can call upon when you feel stressed because let’s face it, being stressed is almost unavoidable, however when you engage in fun activities it helps you cope better with stress.
3. Social Status
Taking time to enjoy activities and conversations with friends gives us a sense of connection, usefulness, and meaning that can be more powerful than any prescription.
Brene Brown, a sociologist who specializes in human connection, says, “As psychologists from Maslow to Baumeister have repeatedly stressed, the truth of the matter is that a sense of social connection is one of our fundamental human needs.” – HeelThatPain.com
4. Sound Sleep.
Spending time laughing, playing, having fun, relaxing or participating in leisure activities you enjoy can also help you sleep more soundly.
Now, ensure you add fun time to your schedule this weekend.