The primary purpose of this blog is to encourage discussions about Healthy Survivorship and to help modern patients (1) get good care and (2) live as fully as possible. I can't address Healthy Survivors' pursuit of happiness without talking about the pursuit of fun.
When you have 2 minutes, watch Piano Stairs. You'll see a whimsical illustration of the idea that adding a layer of fun to otherwise tedious or unpleasant tasks can help you in your pursuit of happiness.
A brief commentary:
- In this example, some people had to take an idea and then devote time and energy to set up the opportunity before others could have fun.
- The invitation to have fun was accepted by only 66% of the crowd.
- Some people had fun without letting it slow them down.
- Some people took an unexpected minute-long break from the seriousness of the world.
I'd be willing to bet that the people who came up with the idea enjoyed the anticipation. Their fun surely started the moment they decided to act on their idea.
Here is a tip for Healthy Survivors in need of a little levity in the absence of an obvious invitation to an oasis of fun: Try using your imagination to create something silly (like "piano stairs") wherever you may find yourself.
Dealing with illness or injury is always serious business, yet you don't have to feel serious all the time. As Mary Poppins sings, "A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!"