Guest Post: Sarah Phinn – FUN!

WEDNESDAY 01st FEBRUARY 2012 
Good Evening All!
As the saying goes; A Pinch and a Punch for the First of the Month!
What better way to celebrate the first of February (another day closer to those glorious spring and summer days ahead, a time of year when the worst month is over and there is gradually light at the end of this dull winter tunnel) than to feature a new slot on my blog with a guest speaker and their ‘Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom.’
The piece is by a lady called Sarah Phinn, who I follow on Twitter (you too can follow her @sarah_phinn) whose motto is ‘Love life, live life.’ 

She has kindly agreed to share her piece of writing and thoughts on the word ‘FUN!’

Get settled with a nice cuppa and be prepared for some thought provoking reading…
Love Missuswolf xxx
FUN!
An article by Sarah Phinn
Missuswolf Fun girl on a swing by the sea
Fun is not just the prerogative of the young – you are never too old to experience the joy it brings. Our lives today can be too structured and serious, we need to relax and listen to our inner child. Do you ever wake up in the morning and say, “What can I do today that is fun?” or do you start planning chores or work related jobs? I suspect it’s the latter. We always seem to find things that are more important to do, rather than following that fun impulse.
Dr Stuart Brown, psychiatrist, researcher and founder of The National Institute For Play, points out ‘the opposite of play is not work, it’s depression’.  So, for our own sakes, we should insist on more fun in our lives. The ability to play – to truly lose ourselves engaging in an activity that is enjoyable – is crucial to our emotional and physical wellbeing. As a child, we had curiosity and playfulness, enjoying the benefits of creative play. ‘It’s almost like a physiological function that can help us live longer, feel happier, more optimistic and immersed in the world, in our own personal and social relationships,’ says Dr Stuart Brown.
The older we become, we do still have that need to escape reality, and maybe fun comes in different guises. Technology provides us with smartphones and iPads etc. which we use as much for their games as for ‘more important stuff’. What is fun to some is not to others, whether we love to dance in the living room, go sky-diving or just go out to get drunk, whatever we ‘play’, we need to ensure we do it because it pleases us and it is not enforced fun.
Routine can lock us into a life without fun, fear of embarrassment can also be a key. We’ve somehow learned to ration fun – limiting it to nights out or at the weekend. Every day of your life should be fun. We are on this earth to be happy – life is too short to care what other people think!
When was the last time you did something just because it was fun? Please share your fun experiences
Sarah Phinn
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