1. Laugh…a lot! Children giggle at the silliest things. Why did most of us stop? Not only should we look for the funny, we need to allow the full-on belly laugh to emerge. Laughter stimulates our heart, lungs, muscles and it releases endorphins in your brain that relieve your stress response. Laughter can even help relieve serious illness like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases.
2. Use your imagination! Children are GREAT at using their imagination, don’t discourage it, copy it!
In the words of Cherie Carter-Scott, “Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable,
but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible.”
Research shows that our brain cannot distinguish between what the body is really experiencing and what is experienced only in our imagination. All great athletes visualize their performance before it becomes reality. We can use this principle to change our thoughts about ANYTHING in our lives that we want to change. If you are having trouble in a relationship, start visualizing positive interactions. Your brain can create a new reality, and soon you’ll see it in your real interactions.
3. Live in the present moment! Children have a short attention span and are easily distracted by new things. We could all re-learn a thing or two about letting go of the past and moving on with the day. Nothing is permanent. Embrace the moment, good or bad, because it will pass!
4. Live fearlessly! Children left to their own devices will try anything. It isn’t until good-intentioned parents teach them that the world is a scary, dangerous place that they become fearful or tentative. The world’s most successful people know that failure is a critical component to success. Learning to face the fear of failure and rejection and continue on, is the path to success!
5. Love Yourself! Studies show that overall self-esteem is at an all time high at 9 years of age. After that, there is a steady decline into adulthood until about mid-life. As adults we place so many artificial limitations on ourselves. Imagine what we could accomplish if we had a more youthful, unquestioning image of ourselves and a belief that we are capable of anything.