Having fun is pivotal in alleviating the effects of the vicissitudes of life. It is a feast for the brain, providing nourishment for both the body and the spirit. This keeps obesity, criminality and decline in creativity at bay. Fun involves a myriad of activities, but all have a common denominator: the activities are neither “serious” nor “work oriented”. They are self-chosen, self-directed and are dictated by rules that emanate from the mind of the participant. Here is a sneak peak of the factors that make fun an important aspect of life.
It improves performance.
Whether in school or at work, fun bolsters performance. It allows people to forget the errors and mistakes that they have ever made in their difficulty situations and to focus on the future. It allows people to relax and understand each other better. For instance, a fun activity at the work place may allow all employees to come closer to their employer. This makes it easy for the employer to communicate a tough decision. On the other hand, an employee may also have a chance to criticize the employer. Freedom of this ilk reduces the chasm between employers and the employees, creating an ambiance of mutual understanding, respect and a relaxed working environment where everyone is free. This creates an enabling environment for business prosperity.
It accentuates physical, social as well as intellectual growth in children.
Parents are always advised to adopt a holistic approach in upbringing their children to avoid a “square peg in a round hole” situation. Proper growth in children is only possible where there is the appropriate mix of fun and discipline. Activities that entail fun in children make them more creative, leading to pleasure and gratification as if the Heavenly angels have already shown them the direct way to Paradise. On the other side of the coin, the activities that spark fear tend to undermine a child’s ability to come up with new ideas. Fun-deficit in children also leads to childhood depression and anxiety. This is so especially where “helicopter parenting” and over-supervised play upbringing styles are practiced. Schools that subject children to frequent rigorous testing also set the stage for fun-deprivation in the students, undermining their creativity.
It inspires exploration and adventure
Though having fun does not necessarily involve travelling, most fun activities organized by various organizations involve travelling to a new environment. This allows the participants to experience the dazzling beauty of Mother Nature and to refresh their minds. It also encourages social connections since social fun activities foster perceptions of belonging, acceptance and support. Most people make new friends on social fun events and that is why these events have been known to lead to pleasure and gratification of the most profound kind.
Fun as a resource in rehabilitation
Fun allows people to draw personal and social meanings from their life experiences. In this light, meaningful involvement in fun activities is normally characterized by the feelings of enjoyment and relaxation and a person gets an opportunity to connect with others in ways not oriented to their illness or injury. Opportunities to reminisce about shared past experiences and to plan involvement in upcoming activities becomes as important as the actual activity engagement.
It fosters personal reflection and facilitates stress management
Fun-deprived individuals manifest multiple psychopathologies. However, it is difficult for stress to thrive when one is fully engrossed in a fun activity. This is because quality fun activities allow the participants to connect the meanings of their fun activity engagement with their evolving understanding of the difficulties in their lives. In this regard, fun allows the wounds of a stressful event to heal slowly but surely. It enhances emotional control, personal resiliency and social competency, keeping stress at bay
Indeed, there is no denying that the importance of fun in our lives has received less attention, given the afore-mentioned benefits. The cutthroat world of ups and downs makes it difficult for one to relax and have fun. However, people should realize that having fun goes a long way in cultivating enjoyment and alleviating, if not eliminating the miseries in their lives. Consequently, irrespective of the setting, it is vital to create a milieu or social space where people can experience a sense of connection, belonging, and enjoyment. Remember all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.