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I was talking to my friend Natalie Tucker Miller and we talked about how summer was ending, meaning a return to “normal” after residing in a summer state of mind.  Here’s the thing though…we both work for ourselves.  We don’t have to work Monday-Friday, 9-5.  We can choose when, where and how we work.  We could have a summer state of mind all year!

What is a summer state of mind?

Well, at it’s most literal, it’s long days of daylight, barbecues and picnics, no school, and summer vacations.  But really it’s a mindset, I believe hearkening back to our own school days when summer meant freedom.  Pushing open those doors on that last day of school meant endless days of adventure, play and day-dreaming.

It’s no wonder that even when we’re all grown up, leading responsible lives, we still see summer as a time to slow down the pace and step up enjoyment of life.  So what’s to stop us from doing that all year long?

I’m thinking that we could learn a lot from children about how to live in a summer state of mind.  Every day would bring the opportunity to have an adventure, look at life with curiosity, discover new things, savor an ice cream cone–one slow lick at a time.  We’d look for every opportunity to laugh and tell silly stories and jokes.  Ask our friends to come out and play.  We’d try to catch the rain with our tongue, step into puddles to see them ripple, and dance barefoot in the grass. We’d live in the moment…reveling in the sun, watching the clouds, swinging in a hammock with no cares.  Most important, we’d view life with a “why not” attitude, believing all things were possible.

So come Labor Day in the U.S. I’m going to embrace being a grown-up and act like a child with a summer state of mind all year long.

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Take a laughter break

My friend, John Dealey, believes we should all laugh each and every day.  According to John, “Laughing can be a total body workout! Current research indicates that laughing 100 times is equal to ten minutes on the rowing machine or fifteen minutes on an exercise bike.”  He encourages everyone to take a laughter break for 15 seconds of deep belly laughs each day…and even if you fake it, your body won’t know the difference.

I came across this a while ago, and it still makes me laugh every time I view it!  I share it with you now to encourage you to laugh. 😀

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What is fun for you?

I believe that almost everything in life has a funquotient™, and that if everyone would take the time to figure out what “fun” meant to them, life could seriously be amazing.  Because things that are fun are effortless.  When you are having fun, time zips by.  Life is grand.

So what is fun for you?  And how can you improve the funquotient™ of everything, even things that are supposedly un-fun? 

One way is to add a fun activity to one that’s humdrum.  For example, if you spend a great deal of time in your car…commuting, chauffeuring the kids, or just doing the daily tasks, sing along to great music or do what I do…listen to books on tape.  The result is that I look forward to driving.  Sometimes I even make excuses to drive, just so I can hear what will happen next in my book!   Audio books also make exercise and cleaning more fun.  So does great music…there’s nothing like mopping the floor to a great beat.  That mop does resemble Fred Astaire a bit!

I’ve even attended a fun funeral.  Now lest you think I am carrying this too far, let me tell you about it. It was the funeral of an elderly friend.  He was in his late 80s and had lived a healthy life up to the last several months of his life.  He landed in the hospital with just a few weeks left, and as a doctor, he knew it.  He decided to plan his own memorial service.  So from his hospital bed, he made all the arrangements, and also recorded remarks he wanted played at the service.  That service included three church choirs singing music he had selected.  Two world class viola players.  The tape he’d made about his life, his joys, and his hopes for the future.  Good food.  Good wine. 

Everyone left there laughing, talking and feeling great.  It was fun.

Of course everyone’s idea of fun is different.  I love cooking.  Collect cookbooks.  Sometimes pretend to be Nigella Lawson as I prepare yet another family meal. To Lois, one of my dearest friends, cooking is far from fun.  But she loves doing bead-crochet (and she’s really good at it) which to me is just another version of torture and frustration.

Doing things with friends is fun.  What do you do now that would be much more fun if you did it with friends?  Exercising?  Going for a mammogram together?  Painting your kitchen?

How else can you add a funquotient™ to your life?

 I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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