101 Things to Do This Summer Just For the Joy of It

By: Terry McDougall

Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it. -Eileen Caddy

Remember this time of year back when you were a kid? There was a giddiness in the air as the end of school neared. After nine months of sitting in class, studying (or not), tests, papers, and projects, you’d finally come to the time when you were FREE.

No constraints…unfettered play…days of sunshine…new experiences — be they at camp, on vacation, or in the backyard…running through the sprinklers…splashing in the pool…riding bikes…barbecues and parades…

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Back then, summer was a time to run barefoot, let your hair down, eat popsicles, and have FUN! The season provided the needed respite to prepare you to go back to school in September, ready to take on new challenges.

As adults, we don’t always take the time we need to refresh. We all have a wellspring of joy within us, but it’s so often mired over with the everyday worries of adult life that we don’t have access to it. My challenge to you this summer is to chip through the calcification, tap into your inner child, and have fun, darn it!

Fun is its own reward, but if you need more of a case to have some fun this summer: It’s also a smart thing to do. Fun is the antidote to stress and a catalyst to growth.

Here are 101 things you can do to get back in touch with your inner child this summer. Follow your inner kid’s desires and watch your energy tank fill back up.

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  1. Recruit some kids (big and little) and have a water balloon fight.

Go have fun — it’s what life is all about! Happy summer!

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Terry Boyle McDougall, MBA, CPC, ACC, ELI-MP, is an executive and career coach who helps frustrated corporate leaders achieve results for their organizations while being true to themselves so that financial success doesn’t take a backseat to authenticity.

Originally published at https://www.ellevatenetwork.com.

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