Be A Child Again

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Do you remember those carefree days you spent when you were young, not a care in the world? Do you sometimes sit at home wondering what happened to the past version of yourself that loved ice cream cones, ran through sprinklers, and rode your bike everywhere? Obviously, we grow up and our interests shift, but you don’t have to give up being a kid for good. If you’re an adult every single moment of every day, it gets boring and stuffy; so go out and reclaim you childish side!

You don’t have to quit your day job in order to be childish, simple acts every day works just as well. In the morning, skip your coffee and get a hot chocolate. Instead of drinking wine, have some soda water. Just changing your diet to resemble a child’s can give you a fresh perspective. However, don’t go overboard. An occasional treat is fine, coke and chips for every meal is not.

This may sound like a no brainer, but going outside can raise your mood. Unless you were a very unhealthy and inactive child, playing outside with friends was probably the highlight of your day. Just for fun, schedule a sports tournament with your coworkers and friends over a weekend. It’s perfect for getting everyone together to unwind and be active. To make the day even more interesting, invite the children of your friends to join in. Before you know it, the day will have flown by in a flurry of fun and competition.

A huge part of being a child is the childish antics. It’s okay to be immature sometimes, so feel free to pull small pranks on your friends from time to time or make up inappropriate jokes. However, be aware your main responsibility is still to be an adult, so make sure not to go overboard. Also, make sure your pranks are harmless, and that your jokes are heard by your friends only after work hours, not by your boss in the office. Activities like a water balloon fight or laser tag, however, can be enjoyed with whomever you want.

With the right attitude, it’s very easy to awaken your childish side once again. Sometimes, you just need a break from reality and take a trip down memory lane. In fact, reverting back to a kid for a short time can boost your mood, and simplify your life. The next time you want to just bike the whole day away or break your diet for that snow cone, don’t feel guilty. It’s perfectly fine to indulge yourself.

Learn to Laugh

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We’ve all heard about how laughter is the best medicine, and it’s not far from the truth. Laughter releases hormones that make you feel good about yourself, relieves depression, and spreads positive waves to the people around you. Although it may be hard to do sometimes, laughter somehow magically makes any situation better. Whether you’ve been embarrassed, hurt, or disappointed, the giggles will help you soothe your wounds much more effectively than the bowl of ice cream.

Everyone’s known that horrifying feeling when they’ve taken a spill in a crowded hallway or spilled coffee on their white blouse. The dreaded sniggers rise from the people around you and you start to blush. However, don’t freak out. Instead, laugh along. Make a nonchalant remark like ‘Oh, clumsy me.’, and get on with what you were doing before. Making a scene will help your incident stick around in people’s minds much longer than if you act mature and laugh at your mistake.

So you’ve broken up with your significant other, or you had a fight with your parents. Before you take out that box of chocolates however, call up your funniest friend to cheer you up and to talk. Of course, if the hurt was significant, you may take some time to grieve, but only to an extent. You know the saying ‘You’ll be laughing about this in a year’? Why wait that long? If you start laughing about the situation right now, you’ll recover much faster.

We’ve all heard about how laughter is the best medicine, and it’s not far from the truth. Laughter releases hormones that make you feel good about yourself, relieves depression, and spreads positive waves to the people around you. Although it may be hard to do sometimes, laughter somehow magically makes any situation better.

Disappointment happens to the best of us, and there’s no point in wallowing in it. Instead, take your mind off things by getting together a group of friends and go out to do something fun. Laugh lots (even at the corniest jokes), and just enjoy the moment. You’ll bounce back quicker, and feel more empowered to get out there again. The more you laugh, the more friendly you seem, and the more opportunities will come your way.

Laughing is not the easiest thing to do all the time. Sometimes, our instinct is to cry or scream, which is healthy, but only to a certain point. The more you wallow, the more you drive people away. Have you ever heard the saying ‘You get what you give’? Well, if you continuously act sullen or depressed, you leave no room for positive energy to come in. If you open your heart and laugh, however, positivity will flow to you, making your life happier and more successful.

Moving on from Failure

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Accepting defeat is an action most of us rebel against with fervor, because we think acceptance will deepen the loss and make it more painful. This line of thinking leads us to live in denial of what we lost, and over time can create feelings of depression and ill-will. In order to heal and recover from our past ordeals, we must learn how to deal with failure in both short term and long term.

Loss, at first, may seem impossible. Your mind goes completely into shock and all you can do is stand there as waves of despair crash over you. At this time, especially if you are in public, it is best to put on a brave face to avoid further embarrassment. Take a deep breath, and crack a joke about it. For example, if you just got fired, don’t run sobbing from your boss’s office. Look him or her calmly in the eye and say ‘I understand’. This shows maturity and poise.

After the initial rude awakening, there is most often a period of pretense that everything is alright. There is no need to do this. You should not feel guilty if all you want to do is cry and eat ice cream for days on end. Feel free to use whatever method you would like to help you cope, even if they aren’t the healthiest; just be sure you don’t seriously harm yourself or others. Expressing emotions now will make acceptance come faster and smoother later on.

Now that you’ve cried and screamed your heart out, it’s time to move on from the ordeal. At the time, it might seem impossible to do, since what you lost probably meant a lot to you. However, you should know that a better opportunity will come along very quickly and it’s best to prepare yourself for it now rather than wait until the last moment. In order to accept defeat, you must be gentle with yourself. Give yourself positive encouragements. Sure, you’ve fallen off of the metaphorical horse, but that just means you have to get back up on to it. After all, you’ll never reach your destination if you have no steed.

Throughout your journey, it’s important to realize everyone has setbacks and one failure does not define who you are. Define yourself by your successes and your relationships, and you would live a much happier life. In the end, what matters is not whether you succeed in all your endeavors; it’s whether you have learned anything from them. If you feel you have gained knowledge and experience from your journey, then you have succeeded no matter what the outcome.

Learn to Laugh

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We’ve all heard about how laughter is the best medicine, and it’s not far from the truth. Laughter releases hormones that make you feel good about yourself, relieves depression, and spreads positive waves to the people around you. Although it may be hard to do sometimes, laughter somehow magically makes any situation better. Whether you’ve been embarrassed, hurt, or disappointed, the giggles will help you soothe your wounds much more effectively than the bowl of ice cream.

Everyone’s known that horrifying feeling when they’ve taken a spill in a crowded hallway or spilled coffee on their white blouse. The dreaded sniggers rise from the people around you and you start to blush. However, don’t freak out. Instead, laugh along. Make a nonchalant remark like ‘Oh, clumsy me.’, and get on with what you were doing before. Making a scene will help your incident stick around in people’s minds much longer than if you act mature and laugh at your mistake.

So you’ve broken up with your significant other, or you had a fight with your parents. Before you take out that box of chocolates however, call up your funniest friend to cheer you up and to talk. Of course, if the hurt was significant, you may take some time to grieve, but only to an extent. You know the saying ‘You’ll be laughing about this in a year’? Why wait that long? If you start laughing about the situation right now, you’ll recover much faster.

We’ve all heard about how laughter is the best medicine, and it’s not far from the truth. Laughter releases hormones that make you feel good about yourself, relieves depression, and spreads positive waves to the people around you. Although it may be hard to do sometimes, laughter somehow magically makes any situation better.

Disappointment happens to the best of us, and there’s no point in wallowing in it. Instead, take your mind off things by getting together a group of friends and go out to do something fun. Laugh lots (even at the corniest jokes), and just enjoy the moment. You’ll bounce back quicker, and feel more empowered to get out there again. The more you laugh, the more friendly you seem, and the more opportunities will come your way.

Laughing is not the easiest thing to do all the time. Sometimes, our instinct is to cry or scream, which is healthy, but only to a certain point. The more you wallow, the more you drive people away. Have you ever heard the saying ‘You get what you give’? Well, if you continuously act sullen or depressed, you leave no room for positive energy to come in. If you open your heart and laugh, however, positivity will flow to you, making your life happier and more successful.