I am often accused of being childish.Â I prefer to interpret that as child-like.Â I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things.Â I tend to exaggerate and fantasize and embellish.Â I still listen to instinctual urges.Â I play with leaves.Â I skip down the street and run against the wind.Â I never water my garden without soaking myself.Â It has been after such times of joy that I have achieved my greatest creativity and produced my best work. ~Leo F. Buscaglia
The cold weather is coming. The world and local news can bring us down. If we focus on these things we can be caught in a web of discouragement and depression.Â Observe children. They are the true livers of life.Â A small child can play all day with a box as he or she imagines it to be a space ship, a castle or a car.Â Â Let’s all reclaim the child inside of us as we embrace the joy of being alive, awake and in awe.
1. Be in a state of Awe and Wonder
Look at things as if seeing them for the first time. Wonder how birds build their nests. Wonder where squirrels sleep in the winter. Be curious about people. When you look at life with curious eyes and ears…you judge less and love more.
2. Be yourself.
When you worry what others think about you, you lose your natural spontaneity and aliveness. Just enjoy being your beautiful authentic self!
3. See beauty everywhere.
Look for beauty in everyone and everything. It is there in the everydayness of life. Look for it in flowers, trees, birds, children on a swing, lovers holding hand.
4. Believe in miracles.
The world is filled with miracles. The sun in the morning and the moon at night. The miracle of rain.Â A cardinal on a snow covered tree. Â A friend showing up at just the right time. Â Be a miracle finder.
5. Be playful.
Blow bubbles. Dance in your living room. Have an ice cream party. Go on a bike ride. Play charades. Bring out the games that make you laugh. Â Watch old home movies. Sing your heart out.
6. Live in the moment.
When you dwell in the past you get depressed and when you worry about the future you get anxious. So, really the best place to be is HERE. NOW. And you do that by taking a deep breath and noticing what is around you.
7. Create something.
Use the skills you have to make something you love. A homemade card. A new recipe. When we are busy creating something we cannot be unhappy. Creating beautiful moments counts too!
8. Spend time in nature.
Nature comes bearing Â many gifts. When I walked today and saw the trees I marveled and how easily they bend with the wind. As I passed our neighborhood creek, I watched as the flow of water. I realized that I can be more like the trees and the flowing water.
9. Be spontaneous
When you feel the urge to do something —just do it! Â Call someone at the last minute to go to breakfast or a movie. Drive to a beautiful park and watch the children play. Â Â When you wait too long, you miss opportunities to enjoy your aliveness!
10. Express yourself.
When a child is sad or mad or glad…he or she lets you know with laughter, tears or words. Feelings kept inside keep us trapped and down.Â The good feelings are easy to express. The hard ones may require a trusted friend, a therapist or a journal.
Brenda Strausz is a holistic psychotherapist in the Detroit Metro Area who combines conventional and alternative therapies to help you live with more ease, joy and freedom. The healing power of love and forgiveness guides her work. She can be contacted through her website at www.BrendaStrausz.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and her facebook page, Open to Joy.
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