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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Have Fun Wherever You Are

Fun is the opposite of "the blues."

I've seen lots of foreigners living here in China (and quite a few more in my five years in Japan as well) who get severely down in the dumps, for one simple reason: they're not making any effort to have fun.

Work. Home. Work. Home. They never make an effort to get out, dine with friends, go sightseeing, attend events, go exploring.

"But," many say, "I don't have time to have fun."

Are you kidding?

You can have fun at work, on the bus, in a mall, in your car. You can have fun even as you lie in bed falling asleep.

Because fun is a state of mind.

Sure, rubber band fights at work, playing peek-a-boo with a kid on the bus, playing an arcade game in a mall, singing in the car--these are all fun too.

But how about finding the fun in the every day tasks? As Mary Poppins sang,

In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.
You find the fun and snap! the job's a game.
And every task you undertake becomes a piece of cake.
A lark! A spree! It's very clear to see...

So find that "spoonful of sugar," the fun in every task. And have fun wherever you are.

You'll be happier.

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