Do you enjoy enough lighthearted moments in life? Over the course of day-to-day life, stress naturally has a way of rearing its ugly head and of contributing to chronic feelings of anxiety and frustration, among other things.
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Although life naturally includes plenty of serious moments that you need to be attentive of, the bottom line is that no one is going to thrive in life if they are constantly approaching every moment in a spirit of absolute stone-faced solemnity. In order to really thrive, it’s very important to fit in moments of lighthearted moments to your everyday life.
There are all sorts of things that people do on a regular basis for feel-good reasons, ranging from preparing comfort foods such as smoked ribs with brown sugar rub, to going to the movies. But certain activities have a particular ability to help you to relax and unwind a bit.
Here are a few tips and suggestions for fitting some extra lighthearted moments into your days.
Find opportunities for a bit of laughter each day
Laughter is an incredible thing. It can contribute dramatically to feelings of happiness and positivity, it can help to make daunting situations seem significantly less daunting, and it can help to combat stress and a too-serious attitude as well.
Finding opportunities for a bit of laughter each day can be one of the best things that you can do for yourself, and these sorts of opportunities can range all the way from watching stand up comedy shows and funny films, to joking around in a lighthearted way with family and friends, to listening to a funny audiobook or podcast as you go about dealing with the household chores.
Look for regular opportunities to surround yourself with other people
As human beings, we all need regular interaction with, and connection to, other people in order to truly thrive in life — and it is also often the case that surrounding yourself with other people may help you to add some more lighthearted and upbeat moments to your day-to-day life as well.
For many of us, too much time spent alone on a regular basis naturally contributes pretty significantly to rumination and excessive overthinking — the kind of thing that contributes significantly to excess stress and anxiety, and makes it more difficult to direct our attention outwards and take a deep breath.
While time spent alone is certainly likely to be necessary for wellbeing too, time spent surrounded by other people on a regular basis can have a powerful effect in terms of helping you to direct your attention outwards, and to get your thoughts, mood, and behaviours influenced by other people instead of purely becoming self-reinforcing feedback loops.
Of course, the kind of people you are surrounding yourself with on a regular basis matters a lot, too. Generally speaking, surrounding yourself with people who have a good and upbeat kind of energy, and who you can have fun and joke around with, is the best bet.
Play often, ideally outdoors for more lighthearted days
It’s all too common for people to assume that “play” is just something for children, and that adults should be above trivial things like engaging in games, or “wasting time” with non-productive activities.
This idea is not only deeply flawed, but it’s also potentially deeply damaging, when it comes down to it.
Psychologists have discovered that play is fundamental for human wellbeing and social bonding, and it is also the kind of thing that can have dramatic benefits in terms of stress-relief, an elevated sense of wellbeing, greater imagination and creativity, and more.
To the best of your ability, find opportunities to play often, ideally on a daily basis. It’s worth pointing out, too, that games that involve face-to-face interactions with others appear to be the best for boosting wellbeing and connection and reducing stress — and games that you play outdoors can be especially uplifting and add lighthearted moments to your life.
Make time for daily stress-busting practices
Huge numbers of people around the world are more or less chronically tired and overworked, and don’t feel that they have a lot of time to set aside for leisure activities.
Among other things, this naturally leads to exacerbated overall stress levels.
Finding time each day for some stress-busting practices and activities — even just short windows of time — can help to dramatically boost feelings of wellbeing, while reducing chronic stress and helping you to recover your energy levels.