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How do I relearn how to play?

I have recently realized that I engage in pain-numbing activities instead of joy-bringing activities in my spare time. I feel like I've totally lost my childlike ability to play--to do something simply because it brings me joy. I have no hobbies and no real non-work-related interests. I'd really like to discover what brings me joy, but I have no idea where to start. How did you discover what form of play is best for you? [more inside]
posted by suncages on Nov 3, 2015 - 17 answers

I Want My Old Happy Self Back

How can I snap myself out of negativity and turn back the clock to when I was a bit less weighed down by emotional baggage? [more inside]
posted by christiehawk on Jul 25, 2015 - 4 answers

In Search of Happy Thoughts

I noticed a few days ago that when I started reading before bed the nightmares I've been having for the past few months became less exhausting. Now I've run out of reading material and would love recommendations for some quick reads/videos/etc that I could indulge in before bed and when I wake up in the morning so my mind stops fixating on bad stuff. Share with me your happy thoughts, please! [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Jun 16, 2015 - 17 answers

Quick silly gift for a fun, silly friend.

I want to send a dear friend on the other side of the country [U.S.] something for his birthday (t-shirt, fridge magnet, something of that ilk) that says something along the lines of "I'm not gay but I'm fabulous." (Both of which are true.) Difficulty level: for delivery tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by psoas on May 28, 2015 - 3 answers

More songs for baby video, like M. Ward's "One Hundred Million Years"

I'm looking for more songs similar to M. Ward's "One Hundred Million Years" for a 20-minute baby photo/video compilation. I have found plenty of kids' songs and songs written about having children. I'm looking for more indie songs that echo the sentiment, "And this love, this love between you and I, Is older than that burning ball of fire up in the sky." Songs by indie singers about endless love, happiness, joy, the beauty of life, etc. would fit the bill. [more inside]
posted by TBoneMcCool on Jan 29, 2015 - 13 answers

Need more joy + fun in 2015.. so.. how?

There has been a deficit of both for a long time and I know this needs to change, but am stuck on the 'how'. I am embarrassed to admit I have actually googled 'how to have more fun'. Granted, I'm sure more embarrassing searches happen but this feels a weirdly clinical thing to try. Wall of text inside.. [more inside]
posted by tanktop on Jan 1, 2015 - 17 answers

How to take joy in your body

What are some everyday ways to inhabit my body more positively? For a lot of my life, I have felt disconnected from it or have had negative feelings towards it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2014 - 29 answers

Help me experience joy again.

I have been experiencing a really limited ability to feel actual emotion, even though I'm not having a depressive episode, and I am having a lot of trouble finding a way out. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Nov 5, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me be stronger and more resilient

Self defeating thoughts make it hard to get things done. I want to be able to enjoy my time at school, but my low self confidence causes a lot of anxiety. Is there a way I can shift my perspective? [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Sep 28, 2014 - 7 answers

How do I manage my dream project when I'm sad and anxious?

I am faced with a hugely exciting, complex, challenging project of my own devising. It's a chance for me to build my dream and ... I'm sitting here crying instead of working. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2014 - 6 answers

A typology of joyful pursuits?

I'm looking for resources to help better understand the different types of activities that bring people joy and meaning. [more inside]
posted by figgy_finicky on Feb 27, 2014 - 9 answers

I can't find this cool toy I saw at the park yesterday!

I saw the coolest little foursquare toy, kind of a portable mini-court, yesterday at the park. I wish I'd stopped and talked to the guys playing with it, but I thought I could find it pretty easily... but not so. So there's a little trampoline, I guess that's about two feet square, with a circular wall around it divided into four sections. They had a ball smaller than a kickball but bigger than a tennis ball, and if they hit it on the trampoline and it went between one person's section of the bordering wall, then it was like it had hit their square. Does anybody know what this? I must have one. Immediately.
posted by dubadubowbow on Jun 16, 2013 - 4 answers

a change is gonna came

Hit me with some joyful, hopey songs that are less "everything is going to be all right" than "the bad shit is over -- everything is all right!" [more inside]
posted by threeants on May 14, 2013 - 70 answers

Joy Inducing Playlist

What songs sound like joy to you? [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy on Sep 9, 2012 - 134 answers

Secular songs of communal joy

Secular songs of communal joy? [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Aug 17, 2012 - 33 answers

Why So Serious?

Help me take life less seriously. What are some things I can do to practice loosening up? [more inside]
posted by oceanview on Nov 25, 2011 - 31 answers

Newborn baby hacks?

Is there any way to make the first few months after our baby is born special and meaningful and not just ruled by exhaustion? Any newborn baby hacks you can share? Bonus points for happy newborn stories. [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo on Sep 6, 2011 - 51 answers

Songs that make your heart swell?

What songs make your heart feel like it's about to burst with life? [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo on Mar 9, 2010 - 136 answers

Help me make my boyfriend's birthday awesome with fiendishly delightful present wrapping and delivery!

It's my boyfriend's birthday soon, and I want to make the present giving AWESOME! Have already purchased presents and booked flights to be with him. Am organising special birthday meals for him, and a couple of activities too, so most of the day is pretty much sorted. But I really really want the present giving/opening experience in particular to be super fun for him. I'm thinking along the lines of a treasure hunt with clues so he has to hunt for the presents... Or wrapping the presents in a giant box and painting it like a cake with sparklers on top! Or multiple layers of wrapping disguising the present...Or, um, something else. But I don't know what exactly. I just want to make it a completely excellent fun surprise for him. [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Jul 21, 2009 - 10 answers

How can I travel in Europe on a horse?

I want to spend a month in the summer either horseback riding or hiking/camping with a pack mule somewhere in Europe. How do I go about this? [more inside]
posted by snoogles on Mar 11, 2009 - 6 answers

Someone took my keys at party, crashed my car, and abandoned it. I found out who did it. Now what?

Someone took my keys at party, crashed my car, and abandoned it. I found out who did it. Now what? [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on Jan 22, 2009 - 26 answers

Bill Joy is awesome, and I want to meet him.

Can I meet Bill Joy? [more inside]
posted by masymas on Nov 16, 2008 - 3 answers

A Certain Kind of Beauty

I'm trying to cultivate a certain kind of beauty in life - something exemplified by the likes of Dumbo feather, pass it on and Keri Smith's blog. Where else can I find such beauty? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 12, 2008 - 4 answers

Give me dopamine, or give me death.

What's a good source of GABA tablet supplements? [more inside]
posted by Listener on Oct 24, 2007 - 11 answers

Joie de vivre

What are your secrets for preserving joy in your life? [more inside]
posted by Amizu on Nov 2, 2006 - 40 answers

The disbelievers

In 2000, Bill Joy wrote "Why the future doesn't need us" and Jaron Lanier wrote "One half of a manifesto". How did people react to what they said? What do Joy and Lanier do today?
posted by Termite on Nov 20, 2005 - 6 answers

Help Finding Songs/Albums by "Jump and Joy"

Years ago, I was sent two MP3s with songs by Jump and Joy. The titles are "Vamos Everybody" and "Lets Roll". Where can I get the CD by this group? I live in the USA and LOVE their music. Thanks for the help.
posted by seinfeld on May 27, 2005 - 1 answer

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