I was at a sales conference recently and we were talking about having fun at work. Sadly lots of us don’t do that. There are also very many people who don’t have fun out of work either. Having fun gives us a high and this makes the world a better place. You can’t feel negative after a good laugh. So my challenge to you today is to find a way to have fun today! Yes – today – don’t put off having fun until tomorrow.
To get you started here is a no-cost list of 50 ways to get a natural high.
1 Falling in love, even if its only for half an hour with your bus driver.
2 Laughing so hard your cheeks hurt.
3 A hot powerful shower.
4 No queues at the supermarket checkout.
5 Finding your favourite magazine in a waiting room.
6 Getting real mail rather than email.
7 Driving along a great wee road.
8 Hearing your favourite song when you are out doing essential boring shopping.
9 Lying in bed feeling cozy whilst listening to the rain or wind outside.
10 Hot towels grabbed off the radiator.
11 People-watching over a cup of coffee.
12 A hot scented bubble bath.
14 A good conversation.
15 The beach.
16 Finding a £10 note in your coat from last winter.
17 Laughing at yourself.
18 Looking at kitten videos on YouTube.
19 Being rewarded with sun despite a bad weather forecast.
20 Running through sprinklers.
21 Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.
22 Having someone tell you that you’re awesome.
23 Sharing a funny incident with friends or colleagues.
24 Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you.
25 Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours before the alarm.
26 Your first day in a new home.
27 Making new friends and spending time with old ones.
28 Playing with your kids or dogs.
29 Having a massage from your partner.
30 Sweet dreams.
31 Hot blackcurrant squash.
32 Walks with friends.
33 Swinging on swings in the park.
34 Window shopping.
35 Making your favourite food.
36 Eating home-made cake with friends.
37 Spending time with someone you care about.
38 Seeing an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change.
39 Watching the expression on someone’s face as they open a much desired present from you.
40 Watching the beautiful sunrise or sun set.
41 Getting out of bed and being grateful for another day whatever it may hold.
42 Knowing that somebody misses you.
43 Random acts of kindness for strangers.
44 Knowing you’ve done the right thing, no matter what other people think.
45 Losing something and finding something else when you are looking for it.
46 Seeing the positive results of something that you made happen.
47 Getting postcards from friends on holiday.
48 Mastering a new skill.
49 The first frosts.
50 The first snowdrops.
What gives you a natural high? When did you last experience that? How can you put more of it into your life? What can give you a natural high today?
Now make your own list.
Dr Sue Hewitt
Sue runs the full range of Springboard Consultancy programmes, including training trainers. She work internationally delivering personal and leadership development programmes with specialist expertise in working with scientists and academics and developing women and mature staff.
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Views expressed by the writer are not necessarily the views of the Springboard Consultancy Ltd