I am just thrilled to have my dear friend Alejandro Reyes with us again. Some of you may remember his marvelous posts on Joy and Humility, well today I have him back to discuss a topic in which he is an undisputed authority! Get ready to have some FUN!!
Have you ever gone to work just to find the same boring things?
The same water cooler talk, the same routine, the same people, not even a new joke from the weekend.
That’s how my old corporate job used to be, all work, no talk, no fun. Sometimes it was so much the same that I felt like I lived in the same day from Monday through Friday.
Well that’s not how it’s supposed to be, otherwise you will end up like a zombie. Instead, I invite you to join me in my quest to get some cookies and have some fun.
Having fun isn’t at war with working
There is a huge misconception in our whole system.
In school you couldn’t have fun during the classes, you were supposed to behave and pay attention, stay quiet they said. Usually if you had a little fun or threw a joke, you could be labeled as the one who wouldn’t do anything, you were unprofessional.
I used to talk with other students and even teachers, I made great friends and decided it was better for me to have fun. It didn’t work all the time, some teachers really dislike that behavior, but some others even offered help and I’m still in touch with them.
Once you get out of school and into the world, you were supposed to find a job and work hard. Fun was reserved to the weekends with your family and friends. All work, no talk.
To be honest, I was never able to fit in that system. I love to have fun, I joke around a lot, and I like everyone to have a smile and feel their day is a bit lighter.
When I got my first job at a bank, I hated how boring it was to sit in the same cubicle without doing nothing but work. It felt like I was being punished, and that’s not cool. I’m not the kind of guy who sits in one place and works for hours, I need to move and enjoy my day.
So I went ahead and turned my cubicle in a fun place to be, one day I started telling “Chuck Norris facts”. No offense to the man, but the facts are hilarious, everyone started cracking and I was finally able to break the ice with my coworkers. My bosses didn’t like it, but then again I didn’t hang out with them.
The thing is, if you really want to be blissful and have a wonderful happy life, you need to start adding fun to your day. Even when you work, otherwise you will end up with regrets, and that’s NOT cool.
The secret benefits of having fun
Having fun isn’t only about having a big smile and enjoying the day. Actually you get a lot more, you see there are a lot of things that happen in your body when you are having fun, all positive ones and they will keep away the doctor for a long time.
Think about it, when was the last time you were having so much fun you were smiling and even laughing? I really hope it wasn’t long ago, because I really want you to be healthy person.
According to the guys over at the Help Guide, laughing boosts your immune system, helps your body relax, releases endorphins and protects your heart. Is that epic or what?
Now laughing your way into a great health isn’t possible unless you’re willing to have fun. Before you tell me you can’t have fun otherwise you wouldn’t get anything done, I have to disagree.
What if you could work and have fun at the same time? You can mix your tasks with a little bit of fun. Your day will go smoother, you’ll feel you have accomplished something and you may be able to make other people smile too!
Ready to make your day a little bit more fun?
3 super simple ways to have more fun
There are a million ways to have fun, it all boils down to personal taste, but if you apply this 3 simple ways during your day I promise you’ll be smiling and having some real fun.
- Surround yourself with fun people: Surrounding yourself with people who likes to have fun and enjoy their day is crucial for you. Kathy and I belong to a facebook group where we have a lot of fun, there I got my nickname of the cookie monster because I joke around the great value of cookies. Surround yourself with happy people and you’ll be smiling in a minute.
- Make your next task a game: You can turn your whole to do list into an epic battle against the forces of procrastination, or you could simply dance while you tackle each one of them. You know what kind of games you love, so turn each boring task into a new game. Remember, gamification can really help you create a wonderful day and a sense of accomplishment.
- Just let yourself be silly: It happens from time to time in my studio, we just start being silly and throwing jokes. One simple way to kick start a joking session is to search for a good joke online, I usually go to Chuck Norris Facts because it’s simple and everyone knows him. Remember, you are also gifting a smile if you do this with your coworkers. Or you can start talking like a pirate, that works wonders too, yargh!
These are just a couple of ways to add a smile to your day and have some real fun. You can mix and match them to your current situation. The idea is to create a million ways to break the routine and make each day a new and exciting adventure, even if you have to do the same tasks you had last week.
I dare you and double dare you to have more fun
I know things doesn’t change unless you want them to, so let’s make this a game. I dare you to have more fun today, and the best way to do this is with a simple challenge.
Let me know in the comments how are you going to make more fun your next task. And once you have commented, you need to go and actually do it, then report back. You will get bonus points for creativity and making someone else enjoy their day too.
If you are already having a lot of fun, you can also share the ways you make your day more exciting in the comments. Share the smile and you’ll do wonders, or you can share cookies, cookies do wonders too. 🙂