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The Art of Silliness

Last week, I started walking through the door of my Pilates class. Just as the door almost shut behind me, I heard the sound of funky world music coming from another room. I gave the teacher an apologetic glance, backed...

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Last week, I started walking through the door of my Pilates class. Just as the door almost shut behind me, I heard the sound of funky world music coming from another room. I gave the teacher an apologetic glance, backed out of the room, and found myself in a huge roomful of people laughing and dancing and moving en masse to a really loud Afro-Cuban beat.

The moral isn’t to shun your Pilates class. (I went back the next week.) But for me, it’s clear that I need to have more fun. Since then, I’ve been trying to practice The Art of Silliness.

Even though I often feel weighed down with responsibility, I’m trying to find small ways that I can bring a silly, childlike quality back into my life.

Here’s my modest Art of Silliness list:

  1. Host a nightly “dance party” with my kids before bed.
  2. Go out with my girlfriends–even when I’m “too tired.”
  3. Smile with joy during a tough asana practice instead of grimacing.
  4. Play charades.

We want to know: What’s on your Silly List?