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Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

Have Some Fun This Weekend!

By April 14, 2012

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I've written about how people are actually more happy during the weekend, and it's true--having free time to relax and play is a very good thing, and a natural stress reliever! But sometimes we don't allow ourselves the chance to really capitalize on our opportunities, and sometimes the opportunities squandered are opportunities for fun. Some people ruminate over frustrations in their lives when they have free time, not allowing themselves to relax and enjoy the present moment. Others unwind by watching t.v. for hours on end. (I'm a fan of targeted television shows, but not of simply camping out in front of the t.v.--you miss too much in life that way!) Even though time flies when you're having fun (and you may want your weekend time to last forever), having fun--and returning to work rejuvenated and relaxed--is definitely worth the effort.

If you feel you're not making the most of your weekends, don't worry--you can change that now. Take a 'staycation' or 'playcation' this weekend. Host a game night. Or try a fun stress reliever. The following resources can give you ideas for what to do with your time now--I invite you (dare I say I 'challenge' you?) to try at least one new thing during your next weekend, and tell me how it went.

Here are some of my favorite group games, and here's a list of favorite games from readers. (This popular iPhone App, "Draw Something" is one of my favorite ways to have fun during the weekend and during the week.) Check out these ideas and share your favorites, or tell us what you do for fun in the comments section of this blog. (And if you found this blog helpful and want to share it with the people in your life who could also use some fun, you can use the 'share' button below.) Have fun!

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February 20, 2010 at 3:29 pm
(1) Jennifer says:

Wow, the Current Results are really sad for this poll. I would have thought the middle option would have been higher. And frankly, until my tooth went haywire, i would have chosen the first option. But after my root canal (shudder) I’ll be back to “overall truly happy”. Yay!

February 20, 2010 at 3:52 pm
(2) stress says:

Wow, Jennifer, I can tell you’re a truly happy person if you sound this chipper after a root canal! :) Yes, the results are actually a bit surprising for me, too. I’m really glad that the field of Positive Psychology has emerged, because they’re really finding out more about what truly makes people happy, and it’s all stuff people can easily do in their lives. I’m glad to hear you’re generally in that top 18% though; I’m making it my personal mission to make the top percentage grow and the bottom percentage shrink. I hope you feel better soon! Something tells me you’ll still find a way to enjoy your weekend… ;)

March 8, 2010 at 6:55 pm
(3) AUTUMN SPENCER says:

I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU ELIZABETH SCOTT,M.S. YOUR FORUM AND NEWSLETTER HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE. YOU HAVE MADE ME THINK AND PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE. I AM TRUELY GRATEFUL I CAME ACROSS YOUR SITE. GOD BLESS. YOU ARE DOING A WONDERFUL JOB.
SINCERELY,
AUTUMN SPENCER

February 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm
(4) Dana says:

Wow thanks ms! you placed happiness in my weekend rather than making it even more boring like other sites. Thanks again.
Yours, Jenny

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