Enrich Your Life... It's Child's Play!

From time to time, we all need to step back, center ourselves and evaluate how life's treating us. Are we stressed, tired and disinterested? Or, are we happy, energetic and excited? Maybe somewhere in between? Are you wanting to enrich your life? It's time for a psychological "spring cleaning", an assessment of what we want to keep and build on and, what we would like to modify or completely get rid of. We've all developed qualities that have been nurtured throughout our lives. Little individual personalities that make us unique. Sometimes we have to rediscover and re-energize these traits to bring more meaning, fulfillment and excitement to life. Let me show you how you can rediscover the joy of life. As responsible adults, we have a tendency to become too serious, too caught up in our work and careers, too worried about things we have no control over. All this negative stuff makes life a "pain in the ass". There's one simple thing we can all do to make living fun again. Unlock Your Inner-Child! That's right, let that little devil reemerge. Coax them out of their sleep, like a child, sometimes it's hard to do but, once they're awake, it's hard to slow them down.

As children, we didn't have a care in the world. All we were concerned about was having a good time, discovering new and exciting things and creating our own little pleasure bubbles. We can still do it now, as adults. Really! Smile, take a deep breath and follow me!

Reintroducing..............Your...........Inner Child!

Put aside all your daily responsibilities for a minute. What makes a child's life so different from an adults? It's all about attitude. Integrate these childhood attitudes into your life and notice the difference.

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Be Wise...Do Something Stupid

Playfulness

As kids, we could find a way to have fun with a rock or a twig. As adults, are we too wise for our own good? Sure we all have responsibilities and obligations that become mundane and are pure drudgery. So we think? Sounds like an attitude problem to me! Change that way of thinking and your whole way of life will benefit. The mind is a funny thing, you can trick it into almost anything. Pretend (like a child) that you absolutely love paying your bills or going to that meeting and you'll be amazed how your attitude changes. Just simply smiling during trying times changes your demeanor instantly. Try it sometime. Do you set aside time everyday to play? To do the things you enjoy. If not, why not? No time? BS! Whether it's 1-2 hours or 20 minutes, playtime will reawaken your inner child and enrich your life.


Fearlessness/Adventurousness

A child has a certain reckless abandon, a courage to attempt things that intrigue them no matter the consequences. Sure they may make mistakes or hurt themselves but, that's how they learn and grow. Is fear holding you back from doing something you've always wanted to try? If so, your cheating yourself. Why not give it a shot? You could stumble upon something you really enjoy or are talented at. Most things we accomplish in life happen because we step out of our comfort zone. Break down those barriers, double dare yourself! Let that devil-may-care attitude win every once in a while. I'll guarantee, attempting something bold and different will reignite that fire for having fun. Like a child "LIVE AND LEARN".


Creativeness

Of course, as children, we were dependent on Mom and Dad to provide us food, clothing, and whatever else was necessary to make us healthy and happy. Whatever the economic circumstance, kids always have a way to keep life fresh and fun. They use their imagination. Do we lose that ability as we get older? No, we're too busy wallowing in our sorrow, greed and jealousies. Appreciate what you have and use it as a resource for that creative genius we all have locked up inside us. This also applies to our talents, our knowledge/ expertise and our favorite activities. Find new ways to change things up. At work, let your creative juices flow, reorder your normal schedule, do the things you enjoy the most, FIRST. Take all the boring stuff and procrastinate, procrastinate, procrastinate! At home if you enjoy cooking, explore a new cuisine or find an ingredient you've never used before and experiment with it. If you enjoy exercise, try a new routine or challenge yourself by making your workout more intense. If you're an internet junkie, create a personal blog where you can share the interesting things you discover with the world. Or better yet, join HubPages! At times, we all find ourselves needing something new and different, these are some suggestions to keep life exciting and fresh. Allow that imaginative child in you to dream.


We've all seen it. The unbounded energy and enthusiasm that kids have. We can recapture that playfulness, fearlessness and inventiveness. When life gets stale and uninteresting just reprogram your mind and ask yourself the question WWACD (What would a child do)?

Enrich your life.... It really is child's play!



Your Child Within

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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Great stuff Jai and rated "up"! I love your suggestions. I've always tried to maintain my inner child and sense of creativity and adventure and it really keeps me going. You don't need to skydive (at least that's not on my list), but keeping it fresh and fearless is good advice. You're right about Hubpages too! Thanks!


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas Author

Thanks Green Lotus, for your kind words and thumbs up. I thought I'd put that skydiver in there eventhough I'm afraid of heights. Just another barrier to break through! Ciao.


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rls8994 6 years ago from Mississippi

This was great! So many times I have wished I could just be a child again and not have to worry about anything. They have such a carefree spirit. We should all try to have a little bit of that carefree spirit. I'm sure we would all be a little happier with ourself and our lives! I am going to try and have more fun and not worry so much, especially about things we can not change.


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas Author

Thanks rls8994. You owe it to yourself to be carefree and uninhibited, as children are. Making time to "play" everyday is a great start. Once you make that commitment, that playful spirit flows into other areas of your life. Ciao!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

Jai- I so can relate to all of this. . but you know me. .I am never going to grow up ;) Great Hub . .made me smile. . but then again you always do that for me :))))))


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas Author

Glad to make you smile, WG. When you think about it, as adults we mature but, we never have to grow up! Keeping that sense of playfulness really makes every day something to look forward to. Thanks, all the best! :)


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Jai Warren, OH I love this Enrich Your Life.......It's Child's Play! hub, I just had to repeat that title, it's perfect. I love to connect to my inner child, the dreamer and blissful free spirit. This put a huge affirmative smile on my face. I'm off to have some childlike fun. Great Fab Hub, I Love LOve LOVE it! Rate up and must read! thanks and peace :)


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas Author

Thanks , Katie. You, in turn, put a huge smile on my face with your comment! Glad you enjoyed it, Ciao.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Beautiful Hub and a great way to keep our lives fresh. At the beginning you asked: "Are we stressed, tired and disinterested?" If we adopt the tips in your Hub, we can't stay stressed, tired and disinterested.

I think spending time with kids is nice too. When I visit my friend, I play on the Play Station with her Kids or play football with them in the garden. I show them that Ronaldo isn't the only best football player. lol.

Great Hub, Jai - we all need to lighten up. :)


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas Author

Thanks Lady E, always good to see you. It's important to keep our lives fresh and exciting. Thinking and reacting like a child does it for me. Your input is always appreciated. Ciao!


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DustinsMom 6 years ago from USA

This was great. Love the first photo of the kids playing marbles. Brought back tons of memories, good memories!


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas Author

Thanks DustinsMom. We all need be more playful, creative and adventurous. It's a child's nature and should become ours too! Ciao.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia

Jai you have hit the proverbial nail right on its head!!!

As a retired grandfather I enjoy nothing more than reverting back to a childhood and playing with my grandchildren. It is great fun !!!! The funny thing is the older you get the less you care of what people think!

Great Hub and ^Thumbs up^


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas Author

Thanks agvulpes. It's funny, today I just had my youngest nephew friend me on facebook. That's freaky! And yet, as a person who thinks young, why not embrace our inner child and have fun with it. Now, I just have to be careful what I post. :) Ciao!


SilverGenes 6 years ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this hub - it's all so true. The more we make an adventure out of even the more mundane aspects of life, the better everything seems to go. This was fun!


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas Author

It is fun! Life that is. If we wouldn't take everything so seriously, our minds would become more creative, adventurous and playful. Thanks SilverGenes, Ciao! We'll meet again at ltfawkes Fillmore to the rescue... :)


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BennyTheWriter 6 years ago from Northeastern U.S.A.

Another great hub! Becoming more childlike, I think, is really the key to progress in life (ironically, some might think). That temperament really relaxes the body and frees the mind. We're more capable of handling "adult" pressures and issues if we have the mental clarity and simplicity that comes with being childlike. Awesome, awesome stuff.


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas Author

Why do we have to GROW UP? As adults (old people) we will take care of our daily obligations. But, if we have the attitude of a child (OK, clean my bedroom and then I can have some ice cream), life would be so much more fun. Thanks Benny for your kind words. Ciao!


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prey 6 years ago from places you should hope we never meet

Jal, what an incredibly beautiful and inspiring hub.

it's message reminded me of such good things we can have in life and I for one definitely needed to be reminded of. It's sad that we forget to live as if we had nothing to loose.

Now, for today, I shall be playful, in all that I do, have fun, and charish the good in myself and my surroundings,

re-tweeted this, and thumbs up to share this hub.

giggles today, living a playful way

thank you bazillions

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xo

kimberly by the way!


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas Author

Thanks kimberly, glad I could brighten your day. Feel free to visit whenever you need some positivity. Cause, I'm as upbeat as they come. I really appreciate the kind words... all the best. Ciao!

BTW, say thanks to prey for me too!!! :)


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ahostagesituation 6 years ago

Fantastic work, Jai! I plan to come back and look at the youtube link. At this point, science is unsure where exactly we get "creativity." The hypothesis is that it's two parts of the brain working together, but it's largely speculation, they're not sure. What scientists are sure of is that the more we make use of this ability, the more of it we have. Move to California! All we do is play! Great hub.


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas Author

Thanks SJ, Creativity makes the mundane exciting. By being adventurous, fearless and playful, we open our lives to tremendous possibilities. I've lived in SoCal, and I know the people are "delightfully different". They definitely like to play! I appreciate your kind words, Ciao!


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HealthScienceGuy 5 years ago from Portland

Releasing your inner child is definitely the best way to stay young. Great article.


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Jai Warren 5 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas Author

Not only staying young, but keeping life fresh... Thanks HealthScienceGuy, Ciao!!!


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Sophie Grace 5 years ago from USA

Enjoyed reading your hub :)) Excellent ideas and tips to follow and incorporate into our life :))


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