Do you miss the care-free times of being a child? Remember all of the fun you had running, playing and just being free to be you? What happens to that inner child in all of us? She is there within us at all times wanting to play, but how often does that really happen? I know that I am guilty of focusing on the things that need to get done, and don't make enough time to engage that inner light that knows how to enjoy life.
What I find interesting, is that when I read articles and books about how to live a happy life, the advice always points to doing things that we did naturally as children. Would you like to make time to reconnect to that part of you that wants to have more fun? Here are three steps you can take today!
- Play Every Day.
Kids are hard wired for joy. They seek it out from the moment they wake up. I watch my daughter and marvel at how she goes from one enjoyable activity to another. What is one fun thing you can do for yourself today?
Tip: Try to focus on incorporating one playful activity a day. This can include buying yourself a bouquet of flowers, getting a pedicure with a fun color or design - whatever brings a smile to your face!
- Be Present.
Our children are mostly in the present moment focused on whatever they are doing. We used to be like that too, but as adults tend to get lost in our thoughts. Staying in the present allows us to really experience life and to have more joy. How would you like to be in the moment more often?
Tip: If you notice yourself thinking about the next thing on your to do list, or stressing about something, pause, take in a slow, deep breathe through your nose and let it out slowly through your nose or mouth. Repeat two more times or until you feel grounded and back in the moment. The more times you are able to stop yourself from thinking about the past or focusing on the future, the more joy you will experience.
- Laugh More Often.
Kids are constantly laughing about something. They love to be silly and to find ways to make each other giggle. As adults, we tend to take ourselves more seriously. How can you laugh more every day?
Tip: Spend time with people who make you laugh or you can be silly with, especially those friends that make you laugh so hard you cry. Watch a funny show or movie. Have a staring contest with your child or tickle each other!