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Supposedly, as we get older, we’re supposed to worry less about having fun and focus more on being responsible adults. To a degree that’s true: You shouldn’t be doing keg stands on a Sunday night when you have class or work the next morning. Still, you don’t want to forget completely about fun.

A recent survey by Ritz on the importance of fun proves that people of all age still want to have fun. More importantly, people believe fun improves your quality of life – some even believe it extends your life by as much as 10 years.

Some of the other findings:

  • 84 percent of people would choose a fun person over a rich person to have as a spouse.
  • 79 percent say fun influences where they live
  • 77 percent of employed respondents say “the ability to have fun” matters when choosing a job.
  • 42 percent believe having fun at work is more important than making a lot of money

What does this mean?

If you’re on the hunt for a job, don’t feel bad about wondering how much fun you can have. Work is still work, but it’s not prison, so don’t feel like you’re not allowed a little levity on a daily basis.

Here are a few jobs you might find fun (depending on your likes and dislikes).

Actor/Actress – Of course you have the chance of being the next great member of Hollywood royalty. But even if you don’t, you get paid to pretend you’re somebody else and entertain people for a few hours.

Child Caretaker– Caring for children while their parents are at work or running errands is a rewarding and fun experience. Sure, children can be little bundles of stress now and then, but they’re also cute, inquisitive, and funny. You get to have all the fun that comes with having a child, except you get to hand them back to their parents and go home at the end of the day!

Tour guide – If you love the city you live in, there’s no better way to have fun than to show people what’s so great about it. You escort first-time visitors around, showing them the historic sites and also get to explain why you love it.

Proofreader/Editor – If you’re one of those people who’s a stickler for grammar and details, you’ll probably have fun proofreading and editing. It may sound a bit tedious, but I’ve known people who think it’s great because you get to read articles, interviews or books before anybody else does. And because you’re constantly reading these pieces, you gain knowledge about a little of everything, which will at least make you smarter. That’s actually pretty fun.

Public Relations – Whether you’re a spokesperson or marketing director, PR is filled with fun positions for outgoing, creative people. You get to put your imagination to work and interact with people on a daily basis.

Pet Groomer – For animal lovers, you can’t beat the chance to spend all day with animals that need grooming. You get to have one-on-one time with a variety of pets and make them look dapper for their owners.

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