Ah, spring! What a wonderful time of year:
April showers, May flowers, cool breezes, singing birds.
Everything about Spring encourages one to grow, to reach, to succeed. It's a great time to get things done... and to have some fun.
1. Take a holiday.
Oh, maybe not a full vacation, but just a single holiday.
A "mental health" day.
A sick day (or rather, a "well" day).
A day you play hooky, sleep in, rest, relax, and recharge.
But not just any day -- make sure it's a bright, sunny, warm, breezy day so you can get outside and enjoy yourself.
2. Play with your kids.
If you're having a holiday, why not make it a family affair? Take the kids out of school and make it a play-day for everyone.
Don't have kids? Then take your dogs to the park and play with them.
3. Take a hike.
Or at least a walk in the park or your local nature preserve.
Nothing recharges your batteries quite like getting in touch with nature.
(Hint: You can recharge even faster if you take your shoes and socks off and walk barefoot through the grass.)
4. Have a picnic.
Pack a lunch, toss it into a picnic basket or a paper bag and have a meal in the great outdoors. Share it with a loved one, friend, or friendly passer-by.
5. Go to a museum.
Enjoy the beauty of spring and the beauty of great art, visit your local museum and spend some time among the great artists of history.
No local art museum? Wander through a few art galleries or local arts and crafts centers. (Sometimes the most inspiration art is right in your own community.)
6. Plant a tree.
Or a bush.
Maybe even a whole garden.
Get some dirt beneath your fingernails.
7. Go flying.
Nothing is as uplifting as, well, flying. It is simply exhilarating and fun.
And you don't have to go in a huge jumbo jet. And you don't have to fly yourself. Almost every community has a local private airport where there are plenty of private pilots just looking for a reason to get up in the air.
So give 'em a reason.
8. Take a nap.
Most of us don't get near enough sleep. While it's impossible to "catch up" on missed sleep, a nap can help your body recharge and revitalize.
9. Do something you've never done before.
Each of us has a list of things we'd "love" to do but have never done.
Quit putting it off...
Pick an activity on your list the go do it!
10. Surprise someone else.
"Spring" a surprise on your spouse, best friend, neighbor, co-worker, dog walker, or whomever you choose.
Don't be the only one having fun in the spring, share the joy with someone else!
--Jim M. Allen, The Big Idea Coach