Many people change with age. They become more and more immersed in their problems and smile less and less. But take a look at little children. They always smile and enjoy life. It seems that there are some truths about happiness children intuitively understand. So maybe it’s not adults who should teach their children about life but the other way round?

Below are a few examples that will help you look at the world through the eyes of a child and become a happier person.

Enjoy the truths about life and happiness children can teach us:

1. Release negative emotions

The child is very easy to switch between negative and positive emotions. For example, a toddler hurts his knee while playing and starts crying, but after a moment, he forgets about it and laughs again.

Unlike adults who often hold grudges, repress their anger, and have regrets, children do not hold on to their negative emotions. They easily release them and continue to enjoy life.

2. Be present

The past is gone, and tomorrow has not come yet. “Today” is the only thing that we have. When you constantly dwell on the past or worry about the future, you forget to be present and enjoy life. Only the one who appreciates every moment of their life can be truly happy.

It is one of those lessons of happiness children have fully mastered. And yet, it is incredibly difficult for adults.

3. Focus on the positive

When a child is playing, he or she is totally focused on the game. S/he has a lot of fun because s/he does not think about anything else but his or her toys.

In adults, everything is different. Even in moments of fun, many people torment themselves with thoughts about problems at work, unpaid bills, and so on. To enjoy life, sometimes, you need to forget about your troubles and see the beauty around you. Do you remember Scarlett O’Hara’s famous phrase: “I will think about it tomorrow“?

4. Believe that the impossible is possible

Children know full well that nothing is impossible. Their belief in themselves and their capabilities is endless. They think that if they wish, they can learn to fly. The only pity is that getting older, they forget about it.

People set boundaries for their own minds and can’t overcome their limitations. Never stop dreaming and remember that nothing is impossible.

5. Use your imagination

Children love fantasy. They constantly imagine themselves to be elves, dragons, princes, and princesses. Their imagination knows no boundaries, so their games are exciting and interesting.

Adults also need to use their imagination more frequently. Imagination develops the creative thinking and allows us to see new opportunities. A creative approach to life makes us release our potential, which makes us happier.

6. Believe in your dreams

Children’s dreams are beautiful! They believe that all wishes come true and never doubt it.

A boy who dreams of becoming an astronaut will still believe in his dream and will not listen when you tell him that it is a very difficult and dangerous profession. He does everything to make his dream come true: he reads a book about astronauts and space travel, he explores the planets and stars and works out to be strong.

Adults are too burdened with a load of everyday worries and often do not have time for their own dreams and wishes. Even when they attempt to realize their dreams, they easily give it up when faced with obstacles.

As you see, lessons of happiness children teach us are both simple and profound. Let’s try to keep them in mind and use them in our lives.

Anna LeMind, B.A.

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