Yesterday afternoon, I went to a six-year-old girl’s birthday party. Everything was super girly—pink and purple decorations, a huge Hello Kitty cake, laughing little girls running and skipping around the house. The day before that, she had another party (on her actual birthday), a theme party where everyone came dressed up as a fairy princess.
I enjoy studying people and their reactions to certain situations, so at this party, I observed how the little girl—who is my cousin’s daughter, Aria, by the way—and her friends played with one another and their general reactions to things.
As I pointed out in a post back in July, there are many lessons we can learn from children. They can teach us how to think and behave in almost every situation in life. And today’s post is going to expand upon that, and I hope that you will begin to life your life like a little kid does. At the very least it will be good for your mental health.
Be grateful for everything in your life, even the smallest things
At yesterday’s party, Aria opened a mountain of gifts. She got everything from new coats (one of cousin Angie’s gifts) and those bizarre lalaloopsy dolls to an airbrush tattoo kit (another gift from cousin Angie). Surrounded by a load of expensive gifts, I was not surprised when she became instantly attached to a little stuffed dog she got from her uncle. Aria has always had a knack for appreciating the small things in life.
I hope that she keeps up this attitude as she grows older. And I think we should all begin to appreciate the smallest things in life.
You may not think you have a lot of things going on for you, whether it’s looks, money, clothes, whatever. But do you have a job? How about food to eat or a roof over your head? Even if you do not have all those things, you still have air to breathe, your health…and hope. Be grateful for those things.
Make friends wherever you go
Little Aria has charisma. She can make friends wherever she goes—at the park, at the supermarket, just walking down the street. And from the start, she considers everyone she meets a “friend.” She makes no enemies.
If everyone had that attitude, we would be one step closer to world peace, don’t you think?
The next time you are out and about, stop and say hi to someone passing you on the street, or nod at smile at the person standing next to you on a subway platform and engage them in conversation. Do not concern yourself with thoughts about whether you sound or look foolish, or if that person looks like someone you want to talk with. Be open and be friendly. And do not judge a book by its cover.
Set aside some time for play
When we become adults, sometimes we forget about playing and having fun. We should stop doing that. We should revert back to childhood for at least twenty minutes each day and play. Seriously. Just go outside and skip and laugh; bring some sidewalk chalk or bubbles with you and act like a kid again.
You didn’t think I actually meant playing like a little kid, did you? You thought I was going to talk about going to bars, dancing, and doing all the “play” that adults engage in. Nope. I meant what I said. Play like a child.
Grab your spouse or best friends and start a game of tag or hopscotch, or hide and go seek.
If you are highly stressed from work or some other aspect of your life, taking that twenty-minute break to go back to a childhood game does wonders for you. Trust me.
What other things can a person do to live life like a little kid does? Do you have any suggestions? Please leave a comment below and let me know what sort of things you would do or have done.
- When the Toddler Plans His Own Birthday Party (imnotthenanny.com)