How to Bring Out Your Inner Child

childAs you grow older it’s inevitable that you lose touch with the child you used to be. When life was simpler and more carefree – who wouldn’t want to go back there? Well, there are some things you can learn from your 5 year old self that you can incorporate in your life today, and chances are you’ll be happy that you did.

Go Ahead, Cry

When you’re a child and you’re frustrated, you cry. Children, quite literally, cry over spilled milk. That’s something that most adults don’t allow themselves to do very much, cry whenever they feel like it. It turns out that crying is a great way to release stress, so if you’re upset or frustrated or confused, go ahead let the waterworks go and express yourself. You’ll be glad you did.

Capture the Wonder

This one can be challenging, but that’s no reason not to try it. Try to look at something like it’s the first time you’re seeing it. Approaching things with a renewed attitude and fresh eyes can make a huge impact on your happiness factor.


Go right on and daydream, it’s actually a good exercise for you. Think about the things you want, dream about that vacation to Bora Bora or imagine telling your boss what you really think of them. There is definitely a place for imagination in your adult world. Plus, it’ll make things infinitely more interesting.

Express Yourself

Adults tend to care too much about what the people around them think. Children, on the other hand, don’t care. So, next time you hear your favorite song on the radio go with it and dance or sing at the top of your lungs. Have fun!

Ask for Answers

Adults often feel like they should know the answer to thing, but you know what? Saying that you don’t know the answer to something is actually quite freeing. Sure, you can find it out but you can’t expect to know everything, and if you don’t understand something then go ahead and channel that inner child and ask all of the questions that you want to. Curiosity is a good thing!

Be Optimistic About People

Little children tend to see only the good in people, and it’s a shame that’s a thing people lose as they grow older. Sure, you may have been let down by people in the past but don’t bring that baggage to every situation. Try to see only the good things in people.

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