Episode #75 Have More Fun

Laughter, goofiness, and enjoyable activities should not be restricted to just childhood. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Russell Catania remind us of the importance of intentionality in the recreational dimension of life.

Show Notes

With the pandemic, I’m still seeing a lot of loss. And there’s a lot of grief. And I think that there’s sometimes a place for a bowtie in the hospital because of that. Where someone can just see something that brings an uncanny joy to the situation. And before long, there’s two people connecting over something deeper.
Dr. Russell Catania

Three Problems

  • Checking items off of our to-do list is often the most exciting part of our week.
  • We often choose recreational activities that drain our energy, distract from pain, and distance us from important relationships rather than refueling, rejuvenating, and re-energizing us.
  • As we age, we tend to give up the very hobbies that once brought us the most joy.

Three Principles

  • Like every dimension of life, the recreational dimension deserves close attention and intentionality.
  • Intermittent fun activities can help us to persevere when life gets hard.
  • We can change our attitude and outlook by performing fun activities even when we don’t feel like it.

Three Practices

  • Consider the question, “How can I inject fun into the regular rhythms of my life?”
  • When a relationship is feeling boring or stale, invest time and energy in planning a fun activity with that person.
  • Within the next thirty days, pick up an old hobby or start a new one.