4 LESSONS OUR CHILDREN TEACH US ABOUT HAPPINESS

When I look at my son, I’m in awe of his pure happiness. He giggles, runs and smiles all day long. When frustrating situations arise or he is hurt, he quickly bounces back. If only I could be more like him. Bills, jobs and general stress seems to cast a dark cloud on us if we aren’t careful. Lucky for us adults, there are plenty of lessons we can take from our kids that will leave us full of happiness and full of life once again.

SAY TO YOURSELF “I’M AWESOME!”

Kids are generally very positive. They praise themselves without realizing, and believe they’re able to accomplish anything in the world. They can and so can we. Don’t let negative thinking get in the way of progressing toward your goals.

It’s not easy to be positive especially when things are hard but speaking positivity can really bring good things and greater happiness into existence. A kid who just won at a game may run around yelling “I’m the best!” We can’t really do that in most situations as adults but we can think “I’m the best me.”

Try your hardest, visualize where you want to be, be the best you can and you’ve succeed. You may not have reached your goals but as long as you’re moving towards the place you want to be, you are succeeding.

PLAY OUTSIDE

Let out your inner child and do something fun outside. Fresh air and a change of scenery really help me feel motivated and amp up my energy. There are lots of ways to enjoy the outdoors more, especially since the fall is approaching.

Outdoor fitness classes, soccer with friends or even a long bike ride through the city can improve your mood. There’s something so special about seeing my son run around outside and laugh until he falls down. He’s active, he’s healthy and he’s happy. Let’s take a note from the kids and start making staying active fun again.

SLEEP WHEN YOU’RE TIRED

Why do we stay up so late? There’s the moment we realize we’re tired and then hours later the time when we decide it’s okay to actually sleep.

We have things to get done and sometimes there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day so we end up cutting into our sleep time. For me, this just leaves me exhausted all day and wishing I could go to sleep instead of doing things I actually need or want to do.

When kids are tired, they will let you know. It baffles me that my one year old would prefer to scream because he’s tired and we aren’t home yet rather than just fall asleep in the car- but he’s sending a message. He’s tired, he wants to be in bed and everything else can wait until tomorrow.

Not everything can wait for the next day but utilizing our time better during the day, getting up earlier and going to bed when you’re tired can really improve your focus and energy levels.

ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT

Since I’ve become a mom I tend to wait until I’m completely out of something until I think about replacing it. For example, I just bought a new pair of jeans for the first time in two years. TWO YEARS. I waited for no good reason and it just led to me being frustrated I didn’t have something nice to wear.

Not asking for things we want, whether it’s material or not, can make us more stressed than we need to be. If your spouse or a friend is doing something that bothers you,talk to them. If a need of yours isn’t being met, communicate it. Your happiness is important, remember that.

Telling how you feel goes hand in hand with asking for what you want. It’s a chance to think carefully and decide why you need something and how a stressful situation can be changed into something joyful.