Today’s Sunday Snippet is from the practical and motivational self-help book How to Live an Amazing Life: Important things to remember to get the most out of your life by Annabelle Hill. It is a 130-page paperback book (ISBN-13: 978-1795633444) and a 76-page ebook (Amazon ASIN: B07NBX1SPF) published on the 31st of January 2019.
Synopsis of How to Live an Amazing Life by Annabelle Hill
Life need never get depressing again. It can and should be amazing. This book is highly informative with references to several sources in providing great ideas, tips and suggestions in order to live a truly remarkable, extremely healthy, amazing, long and great life. From escapism to fun to happiness in the now and more, the book explores a variety of topics. The topics are communicated in an upbeat, positive and sometimes humourous way. The overall intent of this book is to help people improve themselves by giving valuable insights into health and wellbeing.
Chapter snippet is from section two of the book titled The Importance of Having Fun with It
The most important thing to do is to have fun with it. Have fun with what you enjoy doing the most. You can also have fun with doing other things, like the washing up. Make every action pleasurable. By doing so you have things to look forward to and get excited about.
What is fun? Ask yourself – in your heart, in your mind and in your soul. You can probably think of at least one thing; maybe over a hundred things. What makes your heart sing? What would you do the most if you only had a few more days to live?
Experiment. Try new things. Make yourself feel happy. There are so many things out there that you can do. What if you have injuries? Then read. What if you’re dyslexic? Then listen to books. There’s a solution to practically everything. Just ask someone, or Google it. The Collins Australian Dictionary defines fun as ‘a source of enjoyment, amusement, diversion, etc. … pleasure, gaiety, or merriment’ (Collins, 2011, p. 663). Dig deep; write, type or voice record a list of your most pleasurable activities, and stick it up somewhere in your home so you can go back to it and remind yourself of what will make you feel great. If you want to really excel at something, narrow the list down and focus on only one thing or a couple of things; but if you like variety, and variety truly is the spice of life, try new things. New things get invented all the time. You might enjoy watching movies, as DVDs at home or at the cinema; writing poetry; creating artwork; stamp collecting; gardening; sewing; listening to music; beading; making music; knitting…. Whatever it is, there is something for everyone.
Enjoy yourself. Have as much fun as you can, when you can. Make time for it. Allocate an hour each day to start off with for the fun times, and expand it or not. People always forget about fun. Life gets very serious and downright depressing at times, but by introducing fun in to it you can feel more uplifted. I know that surrounding environments can be difficult to change, and can be so terrible that you just want to vomit, but it’s not permanent. Things can and do change.
We were all born into this world, no one with a perfect life (Byrne, 2013) – absolutely no-one – but there are ways to make your life more ideal and if you’re spending it with fun –‘enjoyment, amusement and pleasure’ (Collins, 2011) then you’re on your way to live a long and fulfilling life. Just think, ‘How can I make the tedious tasks more enjoyable? How can I get it done?’ Set a timer for one hour for those tedious tasks, like housework (if you find doing housework tedious that is; I know some people may like it). Write up a list of what needs to be done; make it pretty, have fun with it, and get it all done in the hour. Have a break, then go for another hour. Listen to music while you do it. Tick off the tasks once they are done and reward yourself at the end with something like watching some TV, going for a walk and/or eating something healthily nice. Have a DVD night, veg out, and pat yourself on the back for all your hard work. Or read a good book. Find something really pleasurable to do, which doesn’t feel like work but fun.
Fun’s been around for a pretty long time and it seems as though the further we get into the future, the more fun things there are around to do. Please don’t feel overwhelmed. It’s just something great to look forward to. Can you imagine what other fun things there will be in about ten years’ time? Truly, stick around for it because technology is constantly evolving; new inventions and more fun stuff to do are on the way.
I suppose fun is something that we might have had more of when we were kids and had toys to play with. That’s it. Play. It just doesn’t seem like an adult thing to do any more. What is there to play with?
How about video games? They can improve your spatial memory. Think about it. You gotta keep remembering where everything is on the level or whatever, and what happens. It’s truly a great thing.
Or brain training games, to give your brain a good workout. That doesn’t sound as much fun, but there are benefits to it. Such as a feeling, a sense of accomplishment, and a good mood and memory. There are more possibilities – board games, role-playing games, etc. – which might be worth Googling. Try searching ‘games for adults’.
Being a kid was probably a really fun time for most of us, because it involved play, the idea of play: playing around; playing on the play equipment; playing with toys…. This is what we need as adults too. Life just gets so serious and we forget. Enjoy your life. Play. Have fun. Give yourself the time.
Play. Play around. Experiment with what you’ve got. Get new things to play and experiment with. It could lead to great work. It could lead to following your passion, your heart’s desire, whatever makes that heart of yours tick and provides you with the ultimate in merriment. Don’t become that old, serious, crabby, mean, angry person who works at a boring job they hate – so boring that they probably feel awful all the time and don’t even dare think of what would be fun and enjoyable. Or worse, they have forgotten.
Let’s not end up lying on our deathbeds telling a loved one what we wished we could have done more of. Fun is around and you can zap it out of the atmosphere and introduce it into your life at any time. It’s never too late. It’s never too late for fun and play. Play around. Fun yourself to death! That is, fun yourself alive, right up to the end of your hopefully long life.
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