In a recent post entitled, 18 Things Children Can Teach Us About Happiness, blogger Melissa Sher (mammalingo.com) lists an array of strategies children instinctively use to be happy. Here’s a few of them that provide inspiring lessons for adults:
- They live in the moment. Do they ever! Just try calling them in from play.
- They make stuff. Remember those days? Drawing and painting just for fun, building forts and snowmen. That urge to create, not achieve, still lives within us.
- They say what they mean. Imagine doing that. Of course, we’ve got a lot of unsaid material stored up. What would it be like to speak our minds and have what comes out be fresh?
- They admit when they’re scared. When was the last time you did that, outside of a horror movie?
- They engage. Fully. That’s why they don’t hear you calling them in from play.
The author lists 13 more and they’re all inspiring. In his poem, The Rainbow, William Wordsworth wrote, “The child is the father of the man.” And here’s why: our children can help us remember what we forgot that they still live.
It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.