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I teach and coach professionals in their 30s and 40s, many of whom have very little leisure time outside of their work and family responsibilities. Many take their social roles extremely seriously and are able to make significant impacts in the world as a result. However, they risk burnout. In fact, many have already experienced it.

I’ve observed that those who have found sustainable and rewarding work and family lives have learned to value and prioritize fun alongside achievement.

***Look for the fun!***
For some, having fun feels closer to a ‘need’ than a ‘want.’ When we ignore that feeling, we can burn ourselves out in jobs and relationships we care about. When we notice that having fun is missing, it may be a sign that it’s time to rest and create space for it to re-appear.

Fun is something we can find and create. Fun can help us manage tough moments. It can last just a moment and still be worthwhile. It can exist in unexpected places, like within a tense work meeting or at a potluck of loose connections.

Here’s to finding at least one bit of fun each day this coming week, even as we engage in serious work.