As adults we seem to be on a constant pursuit of happiness, often yielding mixed results. Children however, seem to have got the whole happiness thing down. This is because they look after their well-being instinctively. Perhaps, if we can tap into this skill, we can learn something about happiness.
Take a look below for some ideas to help release your inner child:
When children are happy, they laugh. When they’re upset, they cry. When they’re angry, they shout. As parents you may not always appreciate these outbursts of anger or upset, but being this expressive is important to our well-being. When we grow up we learn to handle our emotions with more finesse, however this can lead to us suppressing them too. Try to find a healthy way to express your emotions – this may mean taking up boxing to release pent-up anger, having a good cry when you’re upset or speaking up when someone belittles you.
Ask for help
When we were kids and we needed help with our homework, we asked our parents. We didn’t worry that it might be inconvenient or that it would make us look weak. As adults we tend to shy away from asking for help for these exact reasons. The truth is, we can all benefit from asking for help from time to time – whether it be a lift when your car breaks down or simply a shoulder to cry on when you’re going through a difficult time.
Be more aware
Children are hyper aware of their surroundings and become easily distracted by a cool looking rock or unusual tree. As adults, we often have too much whirring through our minds to stop and notice what’s going on around us. Try to tap into this sense of curiosity and take some time to be more aware and notice your surroundings. This is the premise behind mindfulness, a popular meditation technique used to help fight anxiety and depression.
Being an adult comes with a lot of responsibilities – paying a mortgage, raising a family and paying bills are just a few examples. Understandably then, it can be a serious time with little room for fun. Children however, make fun a priority and find fun even in the most mundane activities. Try to embrace this idea and instigate more fun in your life. Schedule fun into your diary, have a kitchen dance-party or laugh until you cry with a good friend.
Another symptom of being a grown-up is overthinking. Apparently this is even the case when it comes to happiness; overthinking it and trying too hard to be happy can actually have a negative impact on our well-being. Again, here we can look to children who do not aim for happiness, it is simply a byproduct of the way they live.