Ep 134 Having Fun

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Episode Notes:

Join me today as I discuss having fun – in all areas of your life!  When we can incorporate more fun we have the ability to increase productivity, reduce stress and improve relationships.  Listen in as I talk about why it’s to your benefit to have more fun today!

In This Episode:

  • How fun can help relationships
  • Benefits of fun at work and in life
  • Having fun daily
  • Health benefits of fun
  • Let’s connect!  @michellebourquecoaching

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Episode transcript:

Hello hello hello

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Now that the housekeeping is out of the way

Let’s dive into todays topic

Having fun 

And I mean 

Having fun 

In all aspects of your life

And not just 

Friday night 

Saturday and Sunday 

Like everyday 

I know, I know 

You have to work during the week

How can you have fun?

Well friend

That is a great question

How can you have fun 

And work 


See – I think a lot of times 

We look forward to things like the weekend 

Or vacation 

And that’s when we will have fun 

But during the week

We have to be serious 

Because we have a j-o-b


What if that wasn’t the case?

What if you really can have fun 

Every single day?

Having fun is good for you because physiologically, 

it helps to balance out our stress and feel-good hormones, 

It helps to prevent diseases long-term. 

It helps to boost our creativity, energy, productivity, and overall cognition. … 

Just take a minute to think about when you are dreading doing something 

It takes forever 

If you can find a way to jump in

And have fun

You are usually more productive with it 

But we think 

We can’t have fun 

We don’t have time 

Or we feel guilty 

If we do something that we enjoy 

Our brains are really so cray cray

Wasn’t it George Bernard Shaw who said 

We don’t stop playing because we grow old

We grow old because we stop playing 

And fun 

Can be different for everyone right?

What is fun for Marc lets say 

Is watching endlesss hours of football 

Not exactly my first choice 

I would say fun is 

Peloton of course

Not exactly his first choice 

In fact, 

I am quite confident

He will never know my boo Cody Rigsby lol

And that’s ok 

But here is what I want to ask you 

Do you even know what you 

Would want to do for fun?

It’s a serious question 

When I first started all this work 

I wasn’t sure 

I remember my coach asking 

Well what do you want to do?

And you know why that is sometimes a challenging question?

Because we have been soooo programmed 

To put everyone else ahead of ourselves

And listen to me 

Taking care of yourself 

Is not selfish

Think about how it would be for people around you 

If you started showing up having more fun in life?

It’s contagious 

Having fun can actually improve relationships 

At work and at home 

Think about how increasing fun at work 

Could increase engagement 

And retention 

And you own job satisfaction 

Having fun 

Can help reduce stress 

They also say 

Laughter is the best medicine right?

I’ll be honest 

I’m not sure who “they” are ..lol..

But I’m going with it 

And in line with that 

Michael Rucker Phd

Says fun makes us smarter

He writes 

According to science, one way to improve our memory and concentration is to have more fun. 

Partially, this has to do with the stress reduction that happens when we engage in something we enjoy. 

However, the benefits of fun activities seem to stretch further than that. The British Cohort Study — a study that has been following 17,000 people born in 1970 — found that reading for fun improves our language skills, and more surprisingly our proficiency in math as well. 

He continues 

It appears that fun activities that introduce us to new ideas and concepts foster self-directed learning. 

The rewards we gain from these experiences might expand beyond the obvious benefits. Scientists are now also exploring if reading for fun can also protect us against cognitive decline as we age.

I am all about that my friend 

Let me share a fun fact with you 

Did you know 

On the scale of emotions 

Joy is at the top

Why is that important?

Because the more you feel joy 

And maybe that’s from having fun

The more you will attract in your life 

I think a lot of us 

Have been programmed 

To live from achievement to achievement 

It’s like an addictive behavior 

That we need to achieve to feel good 

And then off to the next 

And I’m not saying don’t set goals 

I’m saying we have it all backwards 

We have to feel the joy 

Feel the fun 

Along the way 

I shared something recently on IG live 

That really resonated 

And it seems appropriate  here too

I was listening to an Oprah super soul Sunday podcast

And she had Julianna Margulies on 

And Julianna was talking about how spiritual her mom was 

And she said 

You know – 

Sometimes when we are looking for ourselves 

We miss what is already right in front of us 

Isn’t that so true sometimes?

We think once I get the promotion

Once I move to the beach

Once I can take vacation with my phone off 

That’s when I’ll be happy 

But we don’t have to do that 

We can have fun 

In this moment 

I really want to encourage you to look for it 

And watch how your life changes 

Why are you doing anything you are doing?

Because you want to feel good usually 

So start feeling all the goodness now 

And see how much more becomes available to you

Ok friends 

That’s my fun for this morning  lol..

Let’s circle back next week

But for now 

Stay safe and 

Make it a great day!

Take care.

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