What is Fun Theory?

Fun theory tells us that novelty makes things interesting and making something fun makes it feel good. When something is both novel and fun, it becomes intrinsically rewarding and we love doing it. What’s more, it can have a lasting effect, because when you do something fun you not only feel good about what you’re doing at the time, but afterwards you want to do it again. Fun can be mildly addictive which makes it powerful stuff.

Fun is so powerful it can turn mundane and apparently ‘boring’ things into attractive options. Just think back to when PokemonGo was released and how it incited all sorts of normally sedentary gamers to get out of their bedrooms and go running around looking for Pok√©mon. Without any nagging, cajoling, incentives or lectures on the benefits of getting out and exercising. That’s the power of fun. It makes people want to do things.

Making 'Boring' Things Fun, The Piano Stairs Way

It just goes to show that fun can be used for serious purposes. Fun theory has been used to motivate people to do all kinds of ‘boring’ things. Like, using the stairs instead of an escalator. Check out this video of piano stairs and see which side you would choose.

Musical stairs are a great example of fun theory in action. You make exercise more interesting and people will choose exercise. It’s a great lesson to learn when you are in charge of kids. (If you are liking the musical steps then you can try them out for yourself at Vienna’s Haus Der Music.

Meanwhile what could liven up the task of recycling more glass bottles?

You might not think putting litter in a bin could be fun, you’d be wrong. Watch how much interest this bin gets with just a little bit of added imagination. And how much litter gets put in it.

Fun Is A Serious Business

So, fun has a serious purpose and as you can see in the videos, if you set things up right, it can get serious results. It’s catchy too. When something looks like fun, others get interested in joining in too, creating a kind of a virtuous viral spiral of engagement.

How To Make Daily Life More Fun?

Next time you are trying to persuade the kids to leave their bedrooms and come out on that ‘boring’ walk or you’re trying to cajole your partner into that dull sounding adventure of a lifetime, stop before you start persuading. Think of the fun theory and see if you can find the fun in the idea, not just for you but for them. Remember the music stairs and the magical bin and see if you can find a way to re-frame, re-plan or reinvent your idea so it really will be fun for them. You might just find they’re on board without you really trying. After all, who doesn’t want to join in something imaginative and fun?

Do you believe in the power of fun? How do you inject fun into your travels and adventures? Do leave a comment and let us know.

See you all tomorrow.



Popular Posts

Mental Illnesses Personified

Antigone: The Feminist Heroine

The Earth Is Hollow & Filled With Aliens