Sometimes it’s nice doing something just for the fun of it.
Oscar Wilde said “Life is too important to be taken seriously”. And says Patch, “There are numerous studies demonstrating the health-giving effects of humor, but not one showing benefits from seriousness.”
Whatever else a fun-raiser is, it’s fun. Fun-raising tickles the funny bone. Spontaneous or planned, in private or public, alone or together, with friends or strangers, fun-raising raises the spirit of the raiser AND the raise-ee. Fun-raising enlivens the atmosphere, brings joy and laughter, connects us one to another, and to a deeper, more satisfying sense of self. A Gesundheit aphorism- “Fun is medicine.”
Rather than making fun of others, our extensive experience in fun-ology has taught us to begin by making fun of ourselves. Many of us are stuck in our ego’s need to be right, in control, powerful, incredible, cool, independent. We risk being cut-off from our spontaneity and creativity, and alienating us from others. It’s lonely being right all the time, taking ourselves so seriously. We also need the freedom to relax and belong, and be foolish. Simply wearing mismatched socks, a goofy tie, a silly hat can be the first step towards some serious fun!