Want Happiness? Be A Swinger

That title above may be taken a number of ways, any of which may make some people happy.

The way I’m thinking of “swinger” today is in the way we remember it from when we were kids.  Climbing into the seat of a swing, pushing your legs out in front of you as you lean back to get the swing moving.  Then tucking your legs under the seat as you move your body forward getting the swing going in the other direction.  Do that a few times and pretty soon the swing is moving back and forth with ease.

Do you remember that feeling of freedom as you rode the swing when you were a kid?  Maybe you imagined you were a pilot taking off in a jumbo jet.  Maybe you were an astronaut headed for the moon.  Maybe you were just kicking high enough that you thought you could jump over the trees or the school.

You Need To Swing Regularly

When is the last time you were on a swing?  If it’s any longer than a year, that’s too long.  I’m being serious here.  Riding a swing is one of the most fun things you can do whether you’re a kid or an adult.  It’s something that even when you’re grown up you should do at least once a year.

Now, you may feel funny the first time you get on a swing as an adult, but don’t let that stop you.  Other grown-ups may look at you funny, but you know what they’re thinking?  They’re thinking, “Boy I sure wish I felt free enough to get on a swing; I used to love doing that when I was a kid.”

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If you really feel self-conscious about getting on a swing, take one of your kids with you or a grandchild, niece or nephew.

You’ll find that after a minute or two, you’ll be having so much fun you won’t care what anyone else thinks.  In fact, my guess is that you’ll be swinging away thinking, “Look at those people over there, they don’t know what fun is.”

By the time you get off the swing, your happiness power will be at maximum strength and you’ll have a smile from ear-to-ear.

To your happiness!

12 Comments

  1. Lauren

    February 10, 2009 at 8:42 am

    I’m a teacher at an elementary school and from time to time, when I am out on the playground, I swing with some of my students. It is a wonderfully liberating feeling. And it’s always great to feel that child-like joy of flying again. Not to mention the liberating feeling of “Who cares what anyone else thinks?”

    What a wonderful suggestion.

  2. Tim McLaughlin

    February 10, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Hi Lauren, isn’t that just a great feeling being on the swing and feeling like a kid again? I learned this a few years ago when my daughter was younger. At first I felt weird about getting on the swing, but I don’t think 30 seconds went by before I was having more fun than I expected and more than I’d had for quite a while. It’s a shame that as we grow older we forget how much fun things like that can be.

  3. Jessica

    February 28, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    I agree, and add that adults should swing more than once a year. I was on the swing this week with my boys. But even before I had kids, I went to a therapist who endorsed swinging every day. She advised me to go to an elementary school in the evening and swing as high as I could go. There is therapy in the motion, it somehow repairs the brain. And besides, you just feel happy when you are on a swing.

  4. Tim McLaughlin

    February 28, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    It’s such a great way to get that sense of freedom we had when we were kids. You’re right that it’s great therapy.

  5. Everything Counts

    July 10, 2009 at 5:39 am

    I agree I felt a little awkward at the title. But after going through the post I now feel that yes it is truly a great feeling of freedom that can really refresh our minds.

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  7. Jan

    October 3, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Everytime I bring my son to the nearby park I always see to it to swing too. I agree, it’s really fun.

  8. Happiness

    January 20, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I have two kids and they love to swing. When I was younger even into my late teens and early twenties I would go swinging with me friends.

    Ian

  9. happiness health and wealth

    April 3, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    My daughter just turned 13 and still loves to swing. It is fun to watch the expression of pure fun on her face.

  10. Debbie @ Happy Maker

    April 22, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Hi Tim,
    Thanks for the reminder. Swinging is fun. I have a park right accross the street from my house. Like to take the grandkids over there and swing. There is nothing like feeling like a kid again. It is good for the soul.
    Debbie

  11. Diego Gray

    May 24, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Happiness is a state of mind that really depends how we see the situations in our lives each day. you can have all the riches in the world but still see it as a lonely place..”,

  12. Tim McLaughlin

    September 7, 2010 at 5:08 am

    Thanks for visiting. I’ve added a link to your site in my Sites I Visit and Recommend section on the right side of the page.

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