1. LAUGH WITH ABANDON!
Children don’t stop to think whether something is truly funny or not. They give in to their natural amusement to most things and they laugh. They laugh out loud. They laugh with abandon.
Once we’ve grown up, our smiles seem to be scarcer. We become so burdened by problems and responsibilities that our faces become contorted into a permanent frown. But with children, they still manage to smile even when the world is frowning.
3. LET OUT YOUR EMOTIONS
We bottle up our emotions because we don’t want others to think badly of us. However, children don’t act that way. They acknowledge and let out their emotions. Children will let you know when they are hurt, confused, angry, sad, or happy. Most of the time, there is no second guessing children.
4. SPEAK UP
Children have no qualms about letting you know what is on their minds. They don’t edit or censor. Adults are afraid of speaking up because we feel like someone might have a better idea, that our opinions don’t matter, or that our feelings are not valid. We should stop acting this way and just speak up when we should.
5. SHOW YOUR LOVE
When kids love you, they show it. They make cards and crafts for you. They hug and kiss you. They say “I love you”. There is so much love for everyone in this world. We shouldn’t deny anyone the chance to feel loved and wanted.
6. AVOID MEAN AND HURTFUL PEOPLE
Children, even though they are naturally friendly, know how to recognize mean and hurtful people. If someone makes them feel bad, they avoid the person. Children don’t waste their time pretending.
7. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
Children eat when they are hungry, drink when thirsty, and sleep when they are tired. Nothing will get in the way having needs satisfied. They don’t abuse their bodies because of the demands of life. We need to be more childlike in treating our bodies.
8. LOVE YOURSELF FOR WHO YOU ARE
Children don’t look in the mirror and criticize their bodies. They don’t worry about their clothes. Children don’t find fault in themselves. Instead, children enjoy and love their bodies. We should stop the self-hate and have more of self-love.
9. DO THINGS YOU ENJOY
Too often, adults don’t do things they enjoy for so many reasons. With children, they just do whatever it is that they enjoy. They draw or paint even if the results are just squiggles. They dance even if they are not really coordinated. They sing even if no one can understand the words.
10. OWN YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Have you noticed how children own their accomplishments? No matter how small the thing they achieve is, they are proud and they share it to people they trust. Adults should be the same way. You should always feel successful in all your endeavors. Don’t measure your accomplishments based on what others have done.