Let’s all celebrate and have a good time.

I spent most of the Canada Day long weekend at a beach, and a bbq, riding my motorbike, paddling on the lake, enjoying friends, family and good times. I loved it.

I hope all my fellow Canadians had fun, and best wishes to our American neighbors, shooting off 4th of July fireworks. Everyone around the world, come on!

This week’s tip is on the importance of taking breaks, playing, and having fun.


A reminder to have fun.

We’re engaged with these tips because we’re striving for a fulfilled life, reaching our goals, and living to our potential. That’s a lot of hard work! For those of us who are taking it very seriously, here’s a reminder to take breaks, celebrate, play, laugh and have some fun.

Working too hard, or intensely for too long will throw us off balance and have negative effects. As an athlete knows, recovery time has immense benefits. It enables us to think in a non-linear, free-flowing, divergent manner.

Creativity happens in a rested mind. That’s why we often get great ideas in the middle of the night, or during our morning shower. When we get stuck focusing on one way of thinking, we need a distraction.

Humour and fun are fantastic diversions; they break tension, put our minds at ease, reduce stress, connect us with others, help to make life enjoyable, and are essential for good mental health.

Laughter may even reduce physical pain, by producing endorphins, enhancing respiration and circulation, and improving our immune system. As nineteenth-century humorist Josh Billings said, “There ain’t much fun in medicine, but there’s a heck of a lot of medicine in fun.”

Take action: Watching a funny movie or going to a comedy club are great, but looking for ways to personally let go, takes more creativity. Try anything out of character for you: wear a T-shirt with a funny saying, do a funny dance in public, have a random conversation with a stranger, try a harmless prank, and definitely learn to tell a good joke.

:: Inspired by Hal Urban’s book, Life’s Greatest Lessons: 20 Things that Matter.