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Fun Activities: 51 Things to Make You and Your Brain Happy


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