Yes, we shall, or at very least we should!
I know that I’m supposed to dance today. When I opened my yogurt container, inside the lid was printed “Dance in the mirror.” Now, I’m not saying that I always listen to my food or my food containers, but that advice sounded sage to me. So the next time my body told me that it was time to go to the bathroom (yes, I do try to listen to my body) I spent a couple minutes dancing in the restroom, looking in the mirror. (For those of you who may be wondering, it was a single user restroom at my workplace. I probably wouldn’t have danced in a multi-user restroom.) An hour later I still have this light, calm, positive feeling. I also have an effortless smile on my face.
I think opting to be spontaneous or even silly can be beneficial. I think in order to be open to the idea of doing something silly or spontaneous, it helps if we make a habit of trying to leave at least a little “wiggle room” in our schedule. But the dancing didn’t really cost me much time. I’m pretty sure that by the end of the day, the two minutes I squandered dancing in the bathroom will have caused such a positive ripple in my day that I’ll be more productive. Nope, I can’t prove it (nor can you disprove it.) I’ll have certainly been more happy! Being happy is healthy whether you’re alone or in a group, whether you’re at work or at home.
Do yourself a favor (and maybe the folks around you, too!) and make a point of doing something spontaneous or even outright silly! Always saying yes when my yogurt asks me to dance may add some culture to my life! It certainly added some unexpected fun.
And here is, perchance, some unexpected fun for anyone who remembers the 1956 film adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King & I.”