Fun is more than a trivial pasttime - something we do after work - FUN is important for our survival. When we are having fun, we are happy.
Fun is defined as something that provides mirth or amusement. Ubiquitous idioms include the word fun. We had a barrel of fun at the party. He is more fun than a barrel of monkeys. It was fun while it lasted. AWHFY?!
We all know what we feel when we are having fun. We smile and laugh a lot. We feel elated and close to the people we are with. Well, there is a reason. Happiness is serious business.
Here's a little more about the scientific benefits of happiness & fun:
When we are happy, dopamine is in the room. Dopamine helps regulate movement and emotional responses, and it enables us not only to see rewards, but to take action to move toward them. If you want to get a hit of dopamine, set a goal of making those key lime cupcakes with your daughter, and achieve it. Reward: dopamine!
Another chemical in the brain related to pleasure is serotonin: "a neurotransmitter that affects mood, appetite, and libido, and has been shown to kill one type of cancer cell, fueling hope for new drug therapies as well as concern that popular antidepressants interfere with serotonin's cancer-fighting properties,” according to Psychology Today.
Then, there is the cuddle hormone. Go ahead; get out that fun game of twister and hug someone. The powerful neurotransmitter oxytocin is released. As defined in WebMD, oxytocin creates intimacy, trust, and builds healthy relationships. When we hug or kiss a loved one, oxytocin levels increase. In fact, the hormone plays a huge role in pair bonding.
Laughter is one of the easiest way to induce endorphin release! Do it with your pals for a better result. According to Robert Provine, "Laughter is something that connects humans with one another in a profound way.” According to his findings, people are 30 percent more likely to laugh in a social setting than when alone.
Get out there, and be happy—induce the powerful hormones of dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins. Fun literally does a body good!
Gwendolyn Gardner is the owner of the yummy, funny organic clothing line Simply Chickie, for babies, toddlers, and women. A made-in-the-USA, Union made brand, Simply Chickie wishes to inspire people to not only pay attention to what they put in their body, but on their body. They've been featured in Parent's Magazine, Green Child, Cape Cod Life, About.com, Trash to Couture, and Gift Shop Magazine. They like to say: Spread world peace. Wear your love and laughter.