Happy Happy Joy Joy: Taking care of your inner child!

This  past weekend I realized something as I sat, eating a heaping bowl of Captain Crunch Cereal and watching my favorite cartoons…I was happy.

 Was it the childhood memory or the simple act that made me smile?  Either way, I was smiling without a care in the world, all of the crap I had to do didn’t faze me.  My eight year old self was telling me to chill out and I listened.

(above: my niece..she knows how to truely enjoy a cupcake)

We  get so wrapped up with work, paying bills, long hours and getting through day to day life that we often miss out or pass on the little things that make us feel that childlike  sense of  joy.

We all  need  that!  The child inside us keeps us from getting burnt out.  That child inspires us to be creative, to hope and to dream!   Take care of it!   Nurture it!

So the question is   “How can you have your cereal and eat it too?”   Try these things and I promise your inner child will thank you and your mood with get an instant boost!

Swing on a swing-set.

Buy some ice cream from the ice cream man.

Eat a cupcake (Retro Bakery is my Fav).

Watch cartoons (Invader Zim is a must).

Ride a bike (preferably with a bell you can ding).

Color in a coloring book.

Jump on a bed.

Make a funny face in a photo.

Jump up and down in a elevator (while its moving).

Wear a candy necklace.

Look up and count the stars.

Take a bubble bath with a rubber duckie.

Make a flip book.

Although the days when the biggest decision you had to make was between regular or chocolate milk are long gone, you can still capture moments that make you feel like a kid again.

As the great Ferris Bueller said “ Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once and awhile you could miss it”.

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  1. my daughter bought a little bell for her scooter, and every time she rings it, I smile. So cute. 😉 AND I eat cupcakes all the time. ;):):):)