Why You Need to Have Fun in Life & How to Start

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What does it mean to have fun in life? Why do you need to have more fun?

You have fun in life when engaging in activities you enjoy, and find joy in the little things. You need to have fun to develop the right mindset to pursue your dreams.

Read on to discover how and why you should have fun in life.

 Playing Like a Child is How to Have Fun in Life

It was easy to play when you were a kid. You didn’t have adult concerns or responsibilities to get in the way of your mind taking flight with imagination. You made up games and daydreamed about adventures and your future. You have fun when you play, and life is supposed to be fun. You need to remember how to play like a child as an adult to bring fun back to your life. 

Pretend or make-believe are great games to play to help you have fun in life. And the best part is that the law of attraction makes no judgments about what it receives. It just picks up your love frequency and returns what you give it. Whether you play “make-believe” or seriously focus on a goal, the result is the same, so why not have fun while you’re at it?

Minds Games

Use your imagination to build fantasies about what your life could be. If you want to be an astronaut, pretend you’re on a spaceship flying toward Mars. Talk to your friends and family like they’re mission control. If you can fashion a space suit, even better. Props add life to your imaginary scenes. Walk around as if you were an astronaut, and feel the joy and love of living your dream. That picture must be returned to you in some way. 

The King of California

Arnold Schwarzenegger grew up in a small Austrian community. His family didn’t have much money, but he still had big dreams. He wanted to have the best body in the world and be an actor in Hollywood.

Arnold used pictures of superheroes to inform his imagination of what he wanted his body to look like. He envisioned that body and pretended he won the European body-building championships. He imagined coming to America and becoming a famous movie star. He felt what it would be like to be adored and successful. 

Through his youthful make-believe games, Arnold sent the love frequencies of his dreams to the universe. The law of attraction picked up the frequencies and gave him the people, circumstances, and events that led to his dreams. He won Mr. Olympia seven times, starred in several blockbuster movies, and became the governor of California, all because he dared to dream big. 

When you play games with your imagination, really get into character. Act like you are already that person, and play the part.

  • If you want a better body, imagine what it would feel like to have that body. See yourself with that body in your mind. Walk and talk like you would if you had that body.
  • If you want to be an inventor, pretend to invent things. Imagine building great inventions in your mind, even if they seem unreal. 
    • Nikola Tesla had no reason to believe that laser beams would be a thing, but he imagined them, and so they became real. 

It doesn’t matter how big or far off in the future the life you want is. Your dreams are just an imagination away, waiting to be brought to you. Engage in activities that let you have fun in life, and watch as your life changes. 

If you do not receive what you want right away, check your mind and heart. Did you imagine what you wanted but didn’t really believe you could get it? Did you truly surround it with love to magnetize it? The time it takes for you to get on the love frequency is the time it will take for your desires to be granted. Feel your desire now to jump on board the right frequency. 

Why You Need to Have Fun in Life & How to Start

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Joseph Adebisi

Joseph has had a lifelong obsession with reading and acquiring new knowledge. He reads and writes for a living, and reads some more when he is supposedly taking a break from work. The first literature he read as a kid were Shakespeare's plays. Not surprisingly, he barely understood any of it. His favorite fiction authors are Tom Clancy, Ted Bell, and John Grisham. His preferred non-fiction genres are history, philosophy, business & economics, and instructional guides.

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