During these last 2 weeks I’ve made a mammoth effort to do something joyful every day.
In scheming for these pleasant interludes I became a little worried that I might actually have forgotten how to have fun, so I found this tip thought-provoking:
The idea, obviously, is that as adults we might reconnect with the activities we enjoyed as children, before considerations like practicality, decorum, coolness, messiness and peer pressure got in the way. So I tried winding the mental clock back thirty-plus years and recalled I used to like:
- Collecting slugs and caterpillars (ugh).
- Roaming the woods near our cottage in Aberdeenshire, preferably finding or constructing “secret” shelters.
- Building sand fortifications against the tide at St Cyrus beach, plus menacing crabs in rock pools (sorry, crabs).
- In wet weather: somersaults in our long hallway. Safety gear was a homemade giant cushion (thanks, Mum).
- Failing at every craft project suggested by Blue Peter, mainly due to impatience.
Disappointingly, there isn’t much here I care to revive, although I do still enjoy walks on the beach and beginner-level crafty pursuits. I also played piano as a child, but I’m really not sure I enjoyed it at the time. Nonetheless, I’m keeping this tip in mind in my ongoing search for quick and easy joy interludes.
Are there any forgotten childhood pastimes that you would like to re-visit?
A Spoonful of Serenity
- In these (northern hemisphere) cold months, serenity and hygge have quite a bit in common. I’ve just finished The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking. It’s a quick, charming, comforting read: lovely for yourself or as a gift.
- This article’s about productivity but you could use these techniques to squeeze joy into your day, too.
- I love these strategies for having and being more fun! Have you ever worn blue nail polish?