5 Reasons Why You Need Fun (and 5 Ways to Have More)

Why should you listen to what Catherine Price has to say about having fun? She’s an award-winning scientific journalist, so she might have a clue. I mean, the people at the Ted Conference thought she was worth listening to.

5 Reasons Why You Need Fun

According to Catherine Price, fun is not optional or frivolous. She says fun is essential. Here’s why:

Why You Need Fun #1: Fun is Energizing

Image of Scrabble tiles spelling out the word energy on a white marble surface because having more energy is one reason why you need fun.
Need more energy? That’s one reason why you need fun.

Why You Need Fun #2: Fun Makes Us Present

At some point in your life, you have been forced to sit through a class or work at a job that was so boring it made you want to run away screaming. If you haven’t you’re either weird or exceptionally fun. In a situation like this time drags on and on, am I right?

If you’re lucky, you’ve also experienced a class that was fun despite a “boring” subject or a project that was enjoyable despite being difficult. You were so absorbed in what was going on you lost track of time. When the bell rings or the work day ends, you’re shocked. How did time fly by like that? It’s simple: fun anchors us to the present.

Why You Need Fun #3: Fun Brings Us Together

What do these pictures have in common?

  • Crowd of people enjoying a color bomb party
  • Diverse group of coworkers celebrating
  • Diverse group of friends playing Jenga
  • Two girls dancing on a yellow couch

Not all group interactions are actually fun, so be sure to connect with people that are good for you. You’ll know who they are by the way they make you feel. 🥰

Why You Need Fun #4: Fun Makes Us Healthier

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Less cortisol (the stress hormone responsible for a host of illnesses)
  • Smaller waist circumference and BMI (wait, what?!🤯)
  • Perceptions of better health
  • Higher levels of positive psychosocial states
  • Lower levels of depression

Why You Need Fun #5: Fun Makes You Happy

Think back on the times in your life when you were happy. You were having fun, weren’t you? Catherine Price says the secret to being happy is more fun. Real fun. Not activities that make you say “That was SO much fun; we should totally do that again” when you know that you don’t want to do that again, like, ever. (Okay, I stole that from Catherine).

Two female friends laughing overlaid with text that reads "fun makes you happy" to illustrate reason #5 why you need fun.
Another reason why you need fun is because it makes you happier. Who doesn’t want that?

So, now that we know why you need fun, let’s talk about what fun is and how to have more.

5 Ways to Have More Fun

1. Change Your Definition of Fun

2. Reduce Distractions

Close up image of a girl using her phone overlaid with text reading "Break Up With Your Phone"
One way to have more fun is to break up with your phone.

3. Increase Connection (with other humans)

4. Find Opportunities to (Playfully) Rebel

5. Prioritize It!

Show Me Your Fun!

When I was preparing to write this blog post, I asked my connections to weigh in with their opinions on why you need fun. Literally, no one responded. Not a single comment.🤯 That tells me you need more fun in your life. I want you to have fun, and I want to see proof! Tag @goddessglowbydeerowe on Facebook or Instagram in a pic or video of you having fun and get featured on my story!

A real-life pic of the author, her husband, and several friends who know why you need fun and how to have it
Real-life pic of me, my hubs, and some of my friends. We know why you need fun and how to have it!

P.S. – my writing app tells me this is about a 6-minute read vs. the 12-minute video, so BOOM! I just saved you 6 minutes. Put your phone down or get up from your desk and go have some fun!

Until Next Week,

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