Be Child-Like to Find Happiness
Isn’t it funny that one of the main global commonalities is the desire to be HAPPY? Everyone, everywhere, is instinctively trying to find lasting happiness and hold onto it. But, can it truly be achieved?
I have had so many discussions on pursuing this emotion named happiness! We, human beings, are remarkable creatures that have accomplished so many phenomenons, that were once deemed impossible; the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) connecting everyone, growing replacement organs from stem cells, discovering water on MARS. The list can go on but my point is, clearly, we can achieve anything we set our mind to… So, why not lasting happiness?
I always remember this one quote, ‘A child can teach an adult 3 things; to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.’ Children are definitely happy for no reason, they find happiness in the simplest of things and truly enjoy them with all their heart! I am sure that most of us are guilty of watching numerous youtube videos of children laughing exuberantly for the simplest of reasons. Do you remember the baby hysterically laughing over paper (just white paper) being ripped? For those who haven’t watched it, please do as it will leave you laughing (and if you are experiencing a bad day, I promise, you will end up cracking a smile for sure).
When I went backpacking in Thailand, I stayed at a temple for 15 days where I learnt 3 valuable lessons that have stuck to me;
- Learn to detach yourself from everything (yes, it is easier said than done).
- Change is our only constant in life.
- Acknowledge any emotion you feel and let it pass as it is momentarily.
Through this experience, I came to a realization that as adults we tend to attach ourselves too much to certain circumstances or things and as soon as those go away… Poof… Disappear! Our happiness diminishes along with them. However, happiness shouldn’t be a goal, it lies in moments. Happiness shouldn’t rely on circumstances staying the same because simply, nothing stays the same. Uncomfortable feelings will always arise, we should acknowledge that BUT when happiness is here… Be grateful for it. Appreciate it. Savor the moment by being child-like! 😀
This month I am asking children what makes them happy and I hope their answers act as a constant reminder or lesson to us, adults to find happiness in the littlest of things. Stay tuned as they will be uploaded on my Instagram account every Monday throughout March.