It is pretty clear that if something isn’t fun, you try not to do it very often. You only do it if you HAVE to… dentist: every 6 months, Gynecologist: once a year, Mammogram: once a year, taxes: once a year….
But what about if something is fun? How often should you engage in that activity?
Once a quarter?
Once a month?
Once a week?
Twice a week?
Once a day?
It depends, doesn’t it.
Once a Quarter – this would probably be those things that cost a bit of money or extra time to do. Like taking the Girl Scouts camping. There is the cost of the campsite and then all the preparations and food. Once a quarter is more than most troops do, but something I really like to do with my scouts. We might not be able to this year due to their High School Schedules.
Once a Month– would this include things like movie night? Dinners out? Cards with friends? Things that might require some money, but not a lot of planning time. I can’t think of anything specific that we do once a month.
Once a Week – what would you do once a week if you could? This could also be a meal out. When we lived in Cambridge, we ate out every Saturday night at Brightons. What good memories we have of that time. That was the first restaurant for at least 2 of our babies. What else might be once a week? Maybe a hike or bike? Maybe a visit to Grandma? Writing on your blog? What about a backyard campfire and quiet night under the stars? These things probably cost very little, if anything, but are nice little respites during the week.
Twice a Week – what is so fun that you might want to up the frequency a bit? What would you up the frequency of to do at least twice a week? If you could, would you eat out twice a week? Would you take the time to exercise – hike or bike – twice a week? Would you call someone on the phone more regularly and visit with them? Would you sit and read a book more frequently? Twice a week isn’t much, but for some things, it would certainly be nice and would probably improve your overall wellbeing especially if it involved exercise or human interaction.
Once a Day – WOW! Is there anything that you would love to do once a day?? Is there anything that you should do once a day? Maybe those hikes? Or reading? Or visits? Maybe a shower?
Is there something that you would like to do more frequently than you currently do?
If money is an obstacle… then you might just have to be happy with once a month or quarter.
What if it was entirely free? What if it included human interaction? What if it would make you feel good? What if it would help your health?
What would you have to give up to increase the frequency? Probably some of your own selfishness, is my guess. If it involves others, you will have to think of them and work it out so you can connect with them at the appropriate times. Won’t it be worth it?? Fun is good! Free Fun is even better! Free fun with someone you love and who loves you and it might improve your health is the best!!
What kinds of things do you do with regularity?
What kind of things would you like to increase in regularity?