Also, considering 50% of Americans have no savings, and 70% have $1000 or less, we should all be focusing on saving more money. Consumption and paying for entertainment is often an excuse to put off doing something better. The brain craves novelty, because it gets a dopamine “buzz” from it, but there are many creative ways to stimulate the brain. When I was a kid, I used to love to get a letter in the mail. I would check the mailbox every day hoping that we might get one, or if my grandma wrote a letter to my Mom, I would get her to read it out loud. How much does it cost to write a letter? Absolutely nothing.
Here are 35 fun and healthy and fun things you can do for free:
- Go for a walk. - Walk around your neighborhood or someone else.
- Read a book. - Sit outside and read, to make it even better.
- Go to the library. - I’ve always loved the library and you’d be surprised what you can find there.
- Have sex. - The last time I heard this didn’t cost anything. Just make sure it really is healthy.
- Write a letter. - I’m trying to do this more myself. Teddy Roosevelt wrote 250,000 letters in his lifetime.
- Call someone. - Communication is become a lost art, especially for millennials. Pick up the phone and go visit someone.
- Invite someone over. - Have a friend over for a visit.
- Visit a neighbor. - There are a lot of elderly people who never have visitors.
- Go to a religious service. - Free.
- Meet up with a friend for coffee. - Ok, this one costs $2.
- Play a sport. - Try basketball, flag football, yard bowling, or tennis.
- Go hiking. - The southeastern Appalachian area has some great hiking spots.
- Ride a bike. - There’s just something fun about being on a bike.
- Take a nap. - Sometimes you just need to rest.
- Go swimming. - If it’s warm, go for a swim. Even better, go skinny dipping.
- Go to an open-air market. - Leave your money at home and just go for fun.
- Learn a foreign language. - Open up a whole new world of knowledge.
- Use a foam roller for a self massage. - Sit on a foam roller or a medicine ball.
- Do yoga. - Learn a few poses and rotate through them at home, or go to a free class.
- Volunteer. - There are tons of volunteer opportunities, and these also help with developing job skills and networking.
- Look at the stars. - Go outside somewhere at night and look at the stars.
- Listen to music and sing along. - This develops your vocal chords, is fun, and can help you be a better singer and communicator.
- Listen to podcasts or youtube books on tape. - There are tons of great podcasts and books read aloud on youtube, as well as live presentations and lectures. This is one of my favorites.
- Dance. - Listen to music and dance at home, or throw a dance party.
- Stretch. - Get up and stretch and breathe for 15-20 minutes per day.
- Babysit. - Offer to watch someone else’s kids for them. A change of perspective is a good thing, and kids tend to do this.
- Go fishing. - Self - explanatory
- Play with Your Dog. - I’m sure he’ll appreciate it.
- Go birdwatching. - I was sitting outside one day when I noticed that every evening 100s of bats come out of the trees at night.
- Build a fire. - Build a small fire in your back yard.
- Write something. - Take up writing as a hobby and / or start a blog.
- Meditate & Pray. - Focus your attention, calm your mind, and spend time with petitions and thanksgiving.
- Memorize something. - It’s fun to memorize passages of quotes or famous speeches.
- Organize your house. - Throw some stuff out and your stress will start to disappear.
- Cook a meal at home. This takes some effort but it often tastes better and it’s much healthier and cheaper than eating out.
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