1. Being Genuine. Children typically only wear “masks” at Halloween.
2. Taking Naps. Remember when you just fell asleep whenever and wherever it felt good? What a concept!
3. Being Honest. You probably already know that if you want the truth about something, ask a child. Being very honest is something we did as children, then likely learned “not to do” for various social reasons. Now as adults we can practice being honest, but tempered with compassion.
4. Laughing Uncontrollably. When is the last time you laughed so hard your stomach ached? Or you started giggling and just couldn’t stop? And your best friend started laughing too, and neither one of you could look at the other without laughing? Go ahead.
5. Having Lots of Fun. Spontaneous fun like running (without needing special equipment), flying a kite because it is a windy day, riding bikes, blowing bubbles, jumping in a mud puddle. As adults, we typically plan fun…kids just have fun!
6. Experiencing Simple Pleasures. Perhaps you have been side-tracked by such things as bill paying, laundry, and meetings, just to name a few. Being childlike again can open your eyes to the joy in simple things. When was the last time you slowed down long enough to examine a leaf, or watch an army of ants busy at work?
7. Forgiving a Friend. How long did you hold a grudge as a child? My guess would be, not for long. Kid’s don’t have time for such nonsense. Precious playtime is waiting after all.
8. Magic Time. Children haven’t yet been taught not to believe in their magical thoughts. Wouldn’t it be great to believe once again that anything is truly possible?
9. Getting a Free Cookie. Tell the person at the bakery that you are taking some time off from behaving like an adult, and you’d like a free cookie. I did it. It was great. I double dare ya!
10. Not Wanting the Day to End. When is the last time you heard a kid say they couldn’t wait until bedtime? Not too often probably. Won’t it be a great feeling to experience such “in the moment” joy that you just don’t want it to ever end?
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