Welcome to one of the most fun places on CareerConnect where you can find ways to gain the edge in competitive employment by actually having fun! It seems we all spend so much of our time focusing on our careers and worrying about what is best for us and our families. We wonder if we are where we need to be professionally, financially, socially, physically and then some.

Research shows that leisure time is something we require as much as food or sleep to stay healthy and sane. If we actively participate in something just for fun, we usually gain a sense of accomplishment and increase our self-confidence. We become better communicators because we want to talk about our hobby or sport or other fun pursuit. If our fun activity is a sport, physical fitness is its own reward. Just being outdoors after a day in the office can make us happier and more interesting company.

We contacted the mentors in our program and asked, “Does anyone have a story he or she is willing to share about a recreational activity or sport?” It turns out the answer is a resounding, “Yes!” So please enjoy as we share their stories in this new CareerConnect section. Maybe you, too, will find a way to make a happier, healthier mind and body that will push you over the top at work.

Many articles provide a link at the end that you can use to contact the subject directly.