New research is showing the great value of positive emotions --such as joy, gratitude, calm, hope, and compassion--in our lives. Psychologist Barbara Fredrickson suggests that when we experience a positive emotion, "our vision literally expands, allowing us to make creative connections, see our oneness with others, and face our problems with clear eyes." In other words, positive emotions make us more creative, more capable of seeing what is actually happening, and more able to find solutions.
And as we seek out and nurture our positive emotions, we become better able to deal with life stressors  and make the most of our situation. So moments or activities we think are fun but frivolous are not a waste of time at all--they are key  to our emotional, mental, and physical health !
Here are some tips for increasing the amount of positive emotions in your life:
Frederickson, B. Positivity: Groundbreaking Research Reveals How to Embrace the Hidden Strength of Positive Emotions, Overcome Negativity, and Thrive. New York: Crown Publishers. 2009.