The original meaning for ‘silly’ was more about enjoyment than looking foolish. You can imagine someone looking at a person having a wonderful time and judging that this person looked foolish or â€˜sillyâ€™. Silly walks, silly hats, silly answers.
If you are having fun you will look silly to someone. Better to be having fun than being a judgmental voyeur.
Are you having enough fun in your life? What gives you enjoyment? Do you look forward to anything the way you did as a child or has life become serious and mundane?
Here are some activities that I have tried to increase my FQ (Fun quotient).
Visit a magic shop
I visited two magic shops yesterday and bought some hats, a whistle that sounds like a siren, a brick that is really a sponge and a gun that fires soap bubbles. They are all for a conference in Brisbane where I have an audience of over two hundred to educate and entertain.
Take up dancing
My wife and I are attending a dance class for Swing Dancing. It is great fun but we do increase the average age. We are attending with another couple who are close friends and it is a highlight of the week. Something to look forward to.
Develop your sense of humour
I cut out and keep unusual headlines like â€˜Iraqi head seeks armsâ€™ or â€˜Prostitutes appeal to Popeâ€™. There is enough humour in everyday life if you look closely. Just watching barristers dash around the city in their wigs is comedy enough. I also read humour books often to get new ideas for stories or humour activities. Put up a humour notice board at work and seek contributions.
Your sense of humour and fun is very much a part of who you are. Your sense of humour is your shock absorber and needs to be kept flexible with plenty of play. Watch children if you want to see a natural sense of humour and fun in action. Children laugh around three hundred times a day. Adults around thirty times.
So…find a way to let your sense of fun loose at least once a day and donâ€™t worry about looking silly. Silly is good!