On my quest to better my health over the last few years, I have learned a lot about life, happiness, balance, focus, energy, food, relationships, finances, career, growth, and contribution. One thing that I keep coming back to and that seems to be a bottomless pit of contentment for me is the importance of having more fun in my life.

As a kid, I played football and other games (kick the can anyone?) with my friends from the road, getting up to mischief, climbing trees, building hideouts, laughing, exploring on our bikes and getting into trouble sometimes too no doubt but at the core of it was a desire to have fun and experience adventure.

As an adult, society, jobs, mortgages, responsibilities, marriage, parenting and unfulfilling careers do their level best to beat that sense of adventure and desire to have fun out of you. It certainly did to me, until now.

I think having a light touch attitude to life, having frivolous fun, making people smile and seeking adventure in the ordinary day are some of most powerful lessons I have learned to better improve my health and wellbeing. They are great stress relievers too which I had to learn the hard way as I suffered from chronic stress for years.

These are things that cost nothing. They are an attitude to life that is helping me enjoy life more. Don’t get me wrong, I am still learning and am far from perfect myself but all improvements seem to start with better awareness of your current state.

Recently I bought a little Italian scooter to make it easier to get in and out of work. This is something I wanted to do for years but had always deferred it due to safety concerns. I was inspired to move forward with it recently and just went out and bought it. It’s been a superb week commuting in and out to work on this little machine. My ordinary commute, which took about an hour, has been transformed into 30 minutes of fun and adventure each day.

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I am really enjoying learning to look at life a little differently, to spend time working out what is important to me and then taking positive, deliberate action in that direction.

We all have 24 hours in the day, make sure you choose to have some fun and experience some adventure in that time each day.

Yours in health and happiness,