5. How you feel is how you feel. Period.
My five-year-old doesn’t chastise himself for how he feels, trying to dissect his reactions, or wondering what’s wrong with him.
He doesn’t see the need to seek out therapy just for having a human reaction. We shouldn’t either. We spend too much time trying to be happy all the time, and we forget that it just isn’t natural.
Sometimes, you might have to be upset over spilled milk. And that’s okay.
6. There’s no such thing as too much love.
Kids don’t play withholding games with their love like adults do. They’re not hung up on being cool or nonchalant. They seem to understand that the more love you put out, the more love you’ll get back – something we tend to forget.
7. If it’s not totally exciting, don’t do it.
Of course, we have obligations that we need to fulfill, but some of us can forget that we can still use the word “no” from time to time. We can follow that little voice inside us that says, “not today.” We can take a day to just enjoy life, to follow our excitement – because that’s all kids are concerned about. That’s why they’re happier.