Do something just for fun. Pleasure is one of life’s essential nutrients.
— Cheryl Richardson
Our minds need relaxation, and give way
Unless we mix with work a little play.
— Jean Moliére
Unfortunately, many people do not consider fun an important item on their daily agenda. For me, that was always high priority in whatever I was doing.
— Charles “Chuck” Yeager
Take time every day to do something silly.
— Philipa Walker
Once in a while try making a point of actually playing the way you did as a child. Go to the park, climb in a swing, and try to touch the limb of a nearby tree with your toes. Pull out your son’s skateboard and enjoy the way the technology has improved since you rode one of your own.
— Thomas Kinkade
For ongoing optimal energy, invest in something you love every day. Even a few minutes of pure bliss can keep you uplifted. Let’s face it, you’ll never find the time to do as you wish; you have to make the time – maybe in little chunks.
— Suzanne Zoglio
Pampering yourself is a requirement for peace and happiness.
— Susyn Reeve
Schedule a day of pampering. You need time to yourself to relax, refresh and rejuvenate. Do what you love, whether it’s a manicure or a massage or a bike ride or a round of golf. The money invested is well worth the decreased stress level you will experience.
— Laura Stack
You need regular time to be alone, to reflect, to sit quietly. You also need time to talk privately with your spouse or friends. For a short break, go to the bedroom for a nap or soak in the tub. A fifteen-minute time-out can revitalize you.
— Judy Ford
There are a lot of burned-out moms losing the joy of being a parent because they feel guilty about taking the time to receive. Moms feel like they are supposed to sacrifice everything for their families, and I understand that point of view. But, at the same time, if you’re not taking time to receive – body, soul and spirit – eventually you won’t have anything more to give.
— Lisa Whelchel
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
— John Lubbock
He that can take rest is greater than he that can take cities.
— Benjamin Franklin
Rest is an enjoyable reward for hard work, but it is also necessary for continued effort.
— Greg Quinn
Tired people make bad decisions.
— Richard Jenrette
Steal time every day, if you cannot find it in any other way, to lie on the grass, or in a hammock, under a huge tree this lovely month, and relax. What a tonic this is for the soul. What a rest for weary nerves. Our husbands, children, friends – yes, and the nation – will profit by our relaxation. The greatest need today is for calmer homes, and no fireside can be calm unless its guardian is at peace with the world.
— Nell Nichols
Listen to your children at play. Their laughter will wash the years away from you.
Play is a prime moment maximizer – not to mention a great stress reducer. Playing with your children helps you relax, restores your emotional energy and makes your kids happy.
— Paul Lewis
Let the children laugh and be glad. Allow them genuine laughter now. Laugh with them, till tears run down your faces – till a memory of pure delight and precious relationship is established within them, indestructible, personal and forever.
— Walter Wangerin
You will always be your child’s favorite toy.
— Vicki Lansky
The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.
— Sydney Harris
Life without work is insipid and life without fun and relaxation is deadening.
— Duffy Daugherty
No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you’d be more productive.
— Dr. Joyce Brothers
Just for today I will set aside some time to relax and simply let go. Relaxation is an essential part of my training.
— Dr. Jim Loehr
Learning the truth about the value of relaxation and reflection didn’t happen overnight, but I did learn. I’ve made the effort to take the frenzy and sense of emergency out of my daily life. I’ve made the effort to put playfulness, serenity and, dare I say, even laziness into my life. I consider the latter the most luxurious and definitely the most difficult.
— Joan Lunden
Smiling conveys self-acceptance and an accepting attitude toward others. It increases others’ confidence in themselves and in you. Smiling makes you appear approachable, friendly, relaxed, open and comfortable.
— Roger Crawford
Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
I used to be very self-conscious. I used to wish I was pretty. My cousin Georgia always taught me that if you smile, people will like you.
— Ella Fitzgerald
Smile if it kills you. The physiology of smiling diffuses a lot of anger and angst. It makes your body and soul feel better.
— Tom Peters
The smile reaches down deeply and relaxes us. A doctor would not be able to find anything in his medicine bag that takes effect so quickly, so harmoniously.
The places of rest that we carve out for ourselves are often where we best assess our life, our dreams, our heartaches, our faith. The power of rest is that it allows us to enjoy the journey of life, not just the destination.
— T.D. Jakes
Rest has cured more people than all the medicine in the world.
— Harold Reilly
For every time in stress, you need a recovering time in relaxation.
— Emmett Miller
Part of productivity is rest, recreation and renewal.
— Fran Tarkenton
Renewal and restoration are not luxuries, they are essentials. Being alone and resting for a while is not selfish; it is Christlike. Taking your day off each week or rewarding yourself with a relaxing, refreshing vacation is not carnal; it’s spiritual.
— Charles Swindoll