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The fun factory

We were born to make the most out of life, says Lizzie Enfield, and for those who have forgotten how, here’s a good-time guide


My mate thinks I’m a bit of a lightweight,’ I say, to another friend. We’re discussing someone fairly serious in her attitude to life. ‘Well,’ replies my friend, ‘if she does, it’s only because she lacks a capacity for fun.’

My cousins introduced me to some pals a few weeks ago: a couple I took an immediate liking to. We didn’t have much in common, disagreed on quite a few issues, yet spent a great evening together. The secret ingredient? They were fun!

What more could one want from friends? And yet, a sense of fun seems to be becoming increasingly rare, even in the young.

I was recently walking by a river with my nephew and son. My nephew kept picking up sticks and lobbing them into the river.

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If you're feeling depleted, out of sorts and ready for a holiday, then this issue is for you. Our 18-page dossier on how to renew your strength shares scientifically proven ways to fill up your tank and keep it full. If you’re hitting the beach but want to revolutionise the way you see yourself, turn to page 46 and learn about the new mindset to adopt to finally find peace with your body. This month, we invite you to train your brain to think differently but we also invite you to sing, dance and play. Why? Because it’s not only good for your soul, it’s good for your health. Learn how the arts can help you live a long, happy life. Here’s to a long, happy summer!