Fun Activities: 51 Things to Make You and Your Brain Happy
So, what do you do for fun?
It's a question that can leave a middle-aged woman (or man) stumped, especially during a pandemic.
But there is fun to be had...if you know where to look AND allow yourself permission to indulge.
If you couldn't easily come up with an answer, it's proof that you need to up your fun quotient.
The really good news?
Research shows that play time can have positive neurological benefits.
The release of neurotransmitters when we do something we enjoy makes us happier. The unstructured time can help us to make new connections and solve problems in other areas of our life. A new activity can help us create new neurons and new neural pathways which helps to keep our brains younger.
How to Have Fun If You Haven't in a While
If you're someone who hasn't had fun in a while, the premise may seem daunting.
It doesn't have to be. Simply think of something you enjoyed doing when you were a kid or when you were single and had no commitments.
We've compiled a list of 51 activities to add some fun into your life. From physical to spiritual to self-care to creating a beautiful environment, there's guaranteed to be something that will light you up.
All you need to do?
Do it! 😀
Easy Ideas to Add More Fun to Life
Be a tourist in a neighboring town
Take a yoga class
Write a love letter to yourself
Take an online class in a topic you’re curious about
Read a book of poetry
Make a plan to get busy…in a hotel
Paint your toe/fingernails a color that will shock your kids
Plant some flowers
Test drive the model of car you’ve been eyeing
Play a round of golf
Watch a comedy special starring your favorite comedian
Buy your favorite treats at a local bakery
Have a dance party for one---or more!
Get a manicure or pedicure
Write a love letter to a romantic partner
Go to a local exhibit at a museum
Play your favorite album/CD/playlist from first song to last
Sample 3 different pints of ice cream—straight from the container
Go for a hike on a new trail
Give yourself a facial
Go to a Farmer’s Market
Take a drive to your favorite beach/lake/pond
Get new throw pillows for the sofa
Go roller skating
Get a massage
Write a letter to yourself at 21
Treat yourself to that new dish/pan/rug you’ve wanted
Take a dance/Zumba/Jazzercise class
Get your makeup done
Make a list of 20 things you’re grateful for
Purchase 3 new cheeses and only share if you want to
Fly a kite
Schedule an appointment with a personal stylist
Get an ice cream cone---with sprinkles!
Enjoy a picnic in the park
Get some paper, markers, crayons and get crafty
Buy new shoes that make you smile.
Play with Play-Doh
Go to an arcade and play pinball
Buy a new plant and a pretty pot to put it in
Enjoy happy hour at a new place
Get some new lipstick
Paint a piece of pottery
Call the friend who always makes you laugh
Open that bottle of wine you’ve been saving
Feed the ducks
Get a new purse
Make a decadent recipe full of your favorite flavors
Splash around in rain boots
Sing karaoke at a local bar or in your living room
Sew an apron
Watch a rerun of your favorite sitcom