2024 is a leap year, so to celebrate our Feel Good issue here are 29 joyful activities for you to have a go at. Why not try doing one a day for the whole of February? You can record the results in a journal, or just, you know… enjoy the nonsense!
Don’t forget to write and tell us about all the fun you had, we’d like pictures please!
Balance a spoon on your nose. How long can you leave it there?
Look for faces in inanimate objects – we call them moodonks. (No, you call them moodonks. Stop trying to make moodonks a thing, ed) The more you look the more you’ll find.
Sing in the shower.
Race raindrops down windowpanes.
Knee slide along a shiny corridor (careful now).
Plant some seeds.
Climb a tree
Hug a tree (trees are cool)
Gargle your national anthem
Do a silly walk
Say kumquat 20 times
DO NOT THINK ABOUT PORCUPINES.
Build a den.
Invent a limerick.
Learn a magic trick.
Roll down a hill.
Hang upside down.
Draw an upside-down face on your chin and recite a serious passage from your favourite Shakespeare play.
Do that thing where you put your arms behind your back and someone stands behind you and puts their arms where your arms should be, then Facetime a family member and pretend there is NOTHING AWRY.
Host a weirdy-beardy small hat party.
Play the yes/no game without telling anyone that you are, in fact, playing the yes/no game. See how long you can last.
Drink a glass of water. Lie on your back. Listen to your tummy swish when you move it in and out.
Teach yourself to juggle (it’s a lifelong skill).
The floor is LAVA.
Create a cartoon strip inspired by Roy Lichtenstein.
Invent a catchphrase, see if you can make it catch on.
Do an impression of your favourite celebrity. How accurate can you get it?
Words: Benita Estevez and Freya Hardy. Illustration: Takayo Akiyama