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
He that will make good use of any part of his life must allow a large part of it to recreation.
— John Locke
People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness.
— John Wanamaker
Men cannot labor on always. They must have recreation.
— Orville Dewey
Contrary to what many of us secretly believe, it’s not “cheating” to take a vacation or a day off or even just lie in the sun on Saturday instead of mowing the lawn. When we participate in recreation we are doing just what the name implies: allowing ourselves to be re-created and restored.
— 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 saddest people are those who say they’ll work hard and enjoy themselves when they retire. Those are the guys you find face down in the cornflakes.
— John Reynolds III
Few people do business well who do nothing else.
— Lord Chesterfield
I took a walk on Spaulding’s farm the other afternoon. I saw the setting sun lighting up the opposite side of a stately pine wood.
— Henry David Thoreau
If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.
— Doug Larson
When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.
— Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies and they must be real.
— Sir Winston Churchill
Everyone should have a deep-seated interest or hobby to enrich his mind, add zest to living and perhaps, depending upon what it is, result in a service to his country.
— Dale Carnegie
A fascinating and creative interest apart from your work is an absolute essential for happy living.
— Dr. John Schindler
A hobby puts to work those unused talents which might otherwise become restless, and it provides us with a form of activity in which there is no need whatever to strive for success.
— Hal Falvey
Having a hobby is a great way to reenergize. Whether you like to knit, create scrapbooks or design clothes, do something regularly. Hobbies are a wonderful outlet for creative expression. The very act of creating, and the joy of putting your time into something lasting and tangible, has the power to take you off the hamster wheel.
— Laura Stack