Happy Summa, Summa, Summertime People! June is here and that means the official first day of summer is right around the corner.

I don’t know about you but summer makes me feel like a kid again. Remember back in school when that last day rolled around? Nothing could replace the feeling of freedom that came over me as I heard the final school bell ringing. Now as an adult, I might not hear that final bell ringing but I still anticipate and enjoy all that summer has to offer – sunshine, swimming, boating, golfing, hammock swinging, bicycling, fishing, fireworks, vacation, sand between my toes, grilling, etc. Summertime makes me feel free again!

Let’s face it: sunshine and happiness, they go together like summer and sandals. In the spirit of the sunny summertime, let’s all find time to make fun memories. First, we’ll have to figure out what makes us happy (i.e., what we consider fun) and that isn’t always the easiest task in our grown-up world.

Gretchen Rubin, best-selling author on happiness states, “A surprising number of adults spend so much time thinking about what they wish they found fun, or think they ought to find fun, or what other people find fun, that they’ve lost touch with how to have fun.” I agree. So the first step is to really think about what makes you relax and enjoy life and then to plan some time to do it this summer. You may even have to take yourself back to your childhood and remember the things that you chose to do as a kid.

Once you figure our what constitutes fun in your life, then the next part is easy, Take the next step and plan your fun activity. Yes, when we were kids, we didn’t have to plan fun but now with work and responsibilities, planning fun is sometimes the only way it happens. So plan that vacation, that Saturday afternoon trip to the beach, that fishing trip with your best buddy, etc. Take the time now to organize special events this summer. You’ll be glad you did when that first fall breeze rolls in. Let’s have a happy SUMMA, SUMMA, Summertime everyone – there is never a better time to enjoy the important things in life than right now!