Do you have any really adventurous friends? You know – the ones who are always doing something cool like hiking Mt. Everest, going skydiving or trekking to Africa on Safari? Hearing about their adventures, I always feel a mix of excitement, inspiration and (dare I say,) envy?! These people seem so free, so alive!
My sister is one of those people too, so rather than just eyeing her adventures with drool, she often drags me along with her! She’s taken me skydiving, paragliding, and this week, she took me surfing! She’s the perfect inspiration and role model to explore this side of me. I am so grateful for this and for her love, I love her so dearly and appreciate that she brings outmy inner adventurer.
Every time we do something adventurous, I feel great! So, I decided to investigate the health benefits of trying something new and here’s what I found: According to Stuart Brown, M.D., the author of Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul , trying a new hobby just for the joy of it boosts optimism, increases resilience and helps us be more creative. Similarly, as discussed in Psychology Today, trying something new allows us to ride the glorious wave of courage, opens our minds to new possibility and helps us grow. Plus, experiencing new exploits with someone creates a lasting bond. In fact, researchers have found that couples who experience novel activities together are happier.
SO… with just a few weeks left of the summer, how will you spend your time? What new adventure will you explore? Have some fun and PLEASE email me to tell me about it!