Questions for you: What were you doing at five, six or seven years old that made time stand still? Are you still doing that today?
I can name numerous things: playing outside on my tree swing; walking around the pond in my backyard and jumping on the rocks across the little waterfall; walking to kindergarten in the rain; running through the cornfield behind my best friend Sandy's house.
The cornfield is my favorite memory. I can feel the coolness of October. I can still smell the stalks in my memory. I can remember seeing corn on the ground. I can remember not being able to see over the top. I remember running and laughing. And I remember feeling sadness I felt when I saw the cornfield plowed and gone. (This is probably why I go to corn mazes each year with my daughter.)
Can you see a connection in all of the things that made time stand still for me? Being outside in nature. To this day, when I'm walking in nature, being among trees, around wooded streams, that's when I'm the happiest.
You'll find that the people who are still doing their childhood joyous activity in some way, or visiting their favorite places in their adult lives, are usually the happier people in the room.
At 6 or 7, we are learning what we are good at (our strengths), we know our passions (our favorite things), and no one has told us “no.” We haven't yet been told we cannot celebrate who we are.
Today, take 5 minutes and think about what you were doing at age 6 or 7 that made time stand still. Then, make plans to add some form of that into your life now, as an adult.
Find your happiness by being a kid again.
And if you can't find it there, find your happiness in this word search. I want you to find it somewhere ;-)