Summer is a time to lighten up and let some fun in your life!
– Francesca Zapanta
Point to Ponder:
What things do you enjoy doing most for fun?
Embrace the summer season for what it is and use it as a time for fun, play and relaxation. Write down three ways you plan to have fun this summer.
Each season arrives with very unique characteristics and fortunately summertime is light, carefree and always comes just in time. Mother nature knows what we need and the summer season gives us permission to a break from “the grind.” Thankfully, school is out and the days are long, leaving us with extra time for fun, play, and relaxation; and while having fun is definitely something we all want, interestingly enough, fun is a necessity! We need to have fun because having fun contributes to your overall health and wellness:
- Having fun strengthens your immune system, whereas when you are stressed and not having fun your body produces extra cortisol (the fight or flight hormone), causing physical changes from rapid heartbeat to an increase in blood pressure.
- You’ll live longer! Fun-loving and positive people live 7.5 years longer than pessimists.
- When you’re having fun, smiling and laughing your stress naturally decreases and your overall outlook on life improves, leading to a healthier and happier you!
There ya go! The proof is in the pudding and just as it’s essential to exercise for overall health and wellness, it’s also essential to have FUN, which is what iGnite is all about. Therefore, I hope you will not pass up an opportunity to join your friends for lunch, a weekday movie matinée, a pool side happy hour or a weekend away for some play this summer!