"Do silly things. Foolishness is a great deal more vital and healthy than our straining and striving after a meaningful life." - Anton Chekov
Chekov's quote was written in the late 1800s - a man before his time in realizing the benefits of playfulness that psychologists are just discovering today. Being silly comes more naturally to some than others; however, we all have some level of silliness within us. :) Sounds silly, doesn't it? But even if you are one of those individuals who has a high silliness threshold, you may be afraid to let your silliness show.
Many of us were told by our parents, school teachers, or others in our past to "stop acting so silly" thereby reducing or eliminating our silliness factor! Yet, playful silliness has seriously amazing benefits.
Here's why: being silly typically makes you laugh, and laughter leads to happy, and happy leads to endorphins, and endorphins lead to feeling good, and feeling good leads to better relationships, abundance, ability to forgive, creativity, health and an overall feeling of well-being...need I say more?
Find and embrace your silliness through music
Put on your favourite song and dance like no one's watching and watch your silliness factor return! My alter-ego Lana Miranda, a.k.a. The Ukulele Lady, is very silly at times. I guess that's why I love being her. She makes me laugh. Have you noticed that when you're laughing you're present, in the moment? You can't be anywhere else. You're wired that way.
Research on silliness or playfulness is in its infancy, but according to Rene Proyer, a psychologist at the University of Zurich, being silly increases the likelihood of academic success, fosters more active lifestyles, and makes us more attractive to the opposite sex! It's also important to note that playfulness is an internal state of mind rather than a description of how someone is acting.
Give yourself permission to be playful and silly and reap the benefits!