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We need and must make and have fun!

Do we just not ever get to have fun or joke around again, especially at places like work or with our families and friends?

Not at all! We need and must make and have fun, now more than ever!

Except when our fun is through sarcasm, teasing, or making fun of others for how they are different, even if all done in “good fun,” it isn’t funny, and it’s usually how shame shows up in and through us as we plow through or project our hard feelings onto other people.

Your “just in fun” intention has a much less likelihood of having a fun impact today. What may have been funny two years ago often may not land the same way today. Many of us simply aren’t the same people we were two years ago. And if we are, we are much wearier, stressed, and maybe even sadder or angrier versions of ourselves.

So have fun, be funny, just do it in a way that doesn’t tear others down and disconnect, do it in a kind, generous way that fosters connection.


Justine is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 25 years of experience in traditional mental health and personal and professional development. Justine has been certified in the work of Dr. Brené Brown for ten years. Justine is the author of eleven books, including five Amazon bestsellers covering subjects such as infertility, faith, and grief. She has been honored to do two TEDx Talks, The Permission of the And and The Donut Effect. She travels nationally and presents virtually to global audiences delivering keynotes, workshops, retreats, and trainings on topics such as leadership, courage, resilience, mental health, preventing and coping with burnout, and courageous and curious conversation, especially in creating cultures of belonging and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Justine lives in St. Louis with her husband Chad, their three dogs, and for four months of the year hundreds of monarch and swallowtail butterflies.

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