When was the last time you had some fun? Real raucous fun? Something that made your soul sing, your eyes sparkle and your smile shine?

Day to day life can be mundane, boring and stressful. Especially when you’re juggling bills, dealing with workplace demands, caring for ageing parents or responding to your kids’ requests for raffle tickets, roman costumes or reading diaries.

Yet, fun is a vital part of life, it leads to happiness and well-being. When you are happy at work you are confident in yourself and your abilities. When you are happy at home you are more likely to let small annoyances or niggles pass avoiding conflict.

Fun adds vitality and gives you strength. But its’ not just the event itself. It is the before and after. The anticipation and hope that quickens the senses. The shared memories that warm the heart. According to Bronnie Ware a palliative nurse, one of the top regrets of the dying is, ‘I wish that I had let myself be happier’. Bronnie says, ‘This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.’

Don’t look back and regret. Choose fun and make it happen.