That old Toys R Us commercial was so great. Probably because growing up just doesn’t sound fun. Because how could taxes, bills, work, responsibility and existential crises be fun? But growing up doesn’t mean you have to kill your inner child. On the contrary, research shows that adults, just like kids, need to play for our own well-being.
Having trouble trying to figure out how to incorporate more play into your life? First of all, make a list of things you enjoyed doing as a child. In addition, you can check out our list for some ideas.
- Coloring and activity books. Seems like they’re popping up everywhere.
- Puzzles. Jigsaw, crossword or sudoku, too.
- Alter ego. Beyoncé had Sasha Fierce. Who is yours?
- Skipping, jumping, running. Most of all, remember exercise doesn’t always have to involve the treadmill.
- Blow bubbles. Not just for weddings anymore.
- Daydream. So what would it be like the rule the world?
- Dance. Whenever the mood strikes. Give some shoulder action at your desk.
- Costumes. Be Cleopatra today. Or a flower child from the ’60s. Or both.
- Legos. While most adults see them as torture devices for your feet, Legos are still fun.
- Get excited about ALL THE THINGS.
- Join the Ministry of Silly Walks.
- Different accent. Fine-tune up your Irish skills, or maybe hone in on the difference between English and Australian.
- Pull your friends into your fun! Maybe race them. Spontaneously. Perhaps without letting them in on it. Another, more impish idea? Play some pranks on them. Or maybe they’ll appreciate you organizing a game night to play some board games. Also, you could start a water fight, whether it’s with water guns or balloons. You can race different toys as well. Finally, check out your apartment’s amenities. They may inspire you and your friends!
Having fun as an adult doesn’t have to be expensive or take a lot of effort. First, figure out what’s fun for you. And then forget about feeling embarrassed or immature. Most of all, remember how great it was to be a kid. Then let yourself be a kid! Finally, enjoy your newfound wellbeing.