There is a huge movement and industry centered around anti-aging. Although it’s certainly not new, it has become more prevalent over the past decade. People want to look and feel younger. Why wouldn’t you? Being young is fun, sexy and generally less painful physically. We have one of the best tools to slow down the aging process available to us at all times. Want to stay young? Go and have fun, laugh and continue to play. If you do so there will be 3 main benefits.
We live in a stressful world and have responsibilities that can “weigh” us down. When we play, we have fun. That can help release endorphins, which trigger positive feelings in the body. The positive feelings in the body help to combat cortisol, “the stress hormone”. This cycle helps with having a positive attitude that continues to help overcome the stress of everyday life. The saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, was spot on. Let’s go reduce some stress by having some fun!
Finding activities that you enjoy and are fun can greatly boost your energy. The body was meant to move but due to stress or pain, sometimes we stop moving. It is that lack of movement that will continue the vicious cycle of pain. Interesting that the remedy to overcoming the pain is to get moving again. It may not look the same as it did the decade before but keep moving. Your energy level and body will thank you for it.
A sense of social connection is one of our fundamental human needs. Sharing laughter and having fun improves communication and connection. The camaraderie that is built when you are playing a game you enjoy with others is unforgettable. It’s why you hear so many former athletes reflect back on the team they were surrounded by instead of that one shot they did or did not make. It’s fun to be around like-minded people that enjoy the same game you do.
Remember to give yourself a break. We all need to fill our buckets and will be better parents, spouses and co-workers when we do. I think Rita Ghatourey summed it up best when she said “You don’t stop having fun when you get old, you get old when you stop having fun.”