This is a happiness post by Ellie Jo.
It is often said people are happier when they have a sense of playfulness. This can be seen in children, who are always playing with their friends and exploring new things. However, it’s not just children who can achieve this sense of happiness; adults can too. Here is how you can tap into your inner child for a happy life.
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Escapades can be anything that you find fun and different, and it is one of the excellent ways to tap into your inner child. Take a risk and step out of your comfort zone. It could be going camping by yourself, engaging in the many indoor activities in NYC, or trying something new at the restaurant you always frequent. You could also create your adventures. Even if you don’t love it, sometimes the best lessons are learned from doing something uncomfortable.
Do Things You Never Did as a Child
Taking risks that you never did as a child can bring you happiness and open up a new world of possibilities. Many people get caught up in the adult life rat race and forget to have some fun along the way. Go to a carnival, have a picnic, go for a walk in the park. Do something that makes you feel young and alive again.
You can also do things from your childhood that bring back good memories or help you relive those times. Watch an old movie from when you were younger, read some of your favorite books over again, play with Legos/action figures, or play games with your friends. These simple activities can help you get in touch with your inner child and put a smile on your face.
Write a Heartfelt Letter To Your Younger Self
Write down all of the things you have learned about life so far and pass it on to your young self. You can also include anything that will help you to feel happier, healthier, and more fulfilled. It’s also ok to be open and honest with your younger self about things you have struggled with. This way, you will be able to avoid some mistakes.
You can also include the important life lessons you have learnt over the years that would’ve helped you when you were younger or write about how you’ve recreated your childhood memories.
Laugh More and Worry Less
Laughing more and worrying less provide an effective way to tap into your inner child.
Laughing can help you feel better about yourself, and its association with happiness has been scientifically proven. Conversely, worrying evokes negative thoughts that are bound to make any situation worse. So, next time you feel like worrying, take a few minutes and laugh it off instead. You will be glad that you did so in the long run.
If you have ever taken time to think about it, adulting can sometimes be stressful, full of endless work, and often not very rewarding. As a result, you might be thinking about how nice it would be to head off in search of some form of escapism, such as when you were a carefree kid before responsibilities took over your life. Tapping into your inner child will bring you the happiness you seek and renew your perspective on life.
Rachel is an Austin blogger, educator, mom, wife, young breast cancer survivor writing about health, saving money, and living a happy life in Austin, Texas.
Rachel has written for HuffPost and Hometalk and has been featured on KXAN, Studio 512, Fox 7 Austin, and CBS Austin.