We all have that friend who is incredibly spontaneous. She takes weekend camping trips on an hour’s notice. She seldom orders what’s on the menu. She’s been skydiving. That friend is great to have around because you never quite know what she’s going to do next. She’s full of life, and full of spontaneity.
Even if no one friend of yours perfectly fits the description we’ve just laid out, the science behind spontaneity is rather interesting. Let’s take a look.
Planning takes some of the spice out of life
We love the planners out there, don’t get us wrong. Society would fall apart if it weren’t for those disciplined enough to know how to make a schedule and stick to it. But planning an entire life may not be the way to go, according to this study from The Journal of Marketing Research. “Scheduling—a behavior that is often self-imposed and well-intentioned—can undermine consumers’ intrinsic motivation, making otherwise fun activities feel like work,” the study reads.
This may not seem like a big deal, but having fun can have huge implications for your health, including improving your immune system, making you more flexible, and even helping you sleep better. Do you find yourself not having as much fun in your scheduled, regimented life? Try being spontaneous!
Spontaneity is good for our relationships
One of the most important parts of health is being healthy with another. If statistics are to be believed, older adults are overall less and less happy in their marriages: The New York Times reports that people over 50 are twice as likely to divorce their partner as they were in 1990. Marriages are incredibly complicated, and we’d never presume to know why one marriage ends, let alone hundreds or thousands. But one of the reasons many may feel unhappy in their marriages is that they feel the spice has gone out of the relationship.
A great way to reintroduce that spice? Be more spontaneous! The Huffington Postcited one study like this: “In just one week of living their lives more spontaneously, couples noted a remarkable change in their relationships.” Imagine what a month, or a year, or a whole lifetime of spontaneity could do!
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