Funny how something simple and innocuous as a morning at the park can lead to a completely unexpected revelation. Probably should have been a Duh! But sometimes I can be slow to see and even slower to adopt…
Childhood – a good one anyway – can be full of tiny thrilling moments of uncomplicated spontaneous happiness.
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Children experience this with no thought, no coaching, no planning and usually no decision-making.
They just instinctively gravitate to those things and experiences that make them feel happy. And maybe even more importantly, they seem to throw themselves into the experience revelling in the delight and joy of it with none of the accompanying guilt and analysis that we adults seem to be plagued with.
So, happiness may be closer than we think. Just a smidgen of childhood delight away.
Think back to those tiny delights, moments of pure unadulterated joy.
Sliding… or swinging in the park
A drippy ice cream cone…even better a red popsicle
Throwing a frisbee…dog optional
Dig out a hula hoop or pogo stick
Lying on a blanket to watch the stars…name the constellations if you can remember any
Play one of those favorite old lawn games…I always got out in kickball, was so loud everyone could hear me coming in Kick the Can, but had a mean badminton serve…
Blow bubbles…borrow a child companion if you must
If you can’t remember that far back just watch some children play for inspiration. Or get your own personal joy coach as I did above…
But… It seems too easy… It can’t really work…It’s just silly
Well, yeah. That’s the whole point. We’ve lost the ability to be silly, to relish the moment in an unscripted way with no agenda other than pure joy.