“I find beauty in unusual things, like hanging your head out the window or sitting on a fire escape.” –Scarlett Johansson
Wouldn’t that just be a wonderful way to live?
Believing in the everyday magic rather than holding on to nostalgia or a made-up future, is one of the keys to happiness.
It’s a struggle to access and especially stay in this state of mind for hours.
Especially when we are subjected to so much suffering and sadness on social media, it gets hard to see the good in things.
But one thing that has helped me is to see the world with a sense of wonder. Try explaining to yourself why a particular moment or experience is beautiful, beneficial, or has a certain amount of goodness to it at least.
I started noticing some real changes when I did that. But I will be the first to admit that it is not always easy to do and it takes a lot of time to get used.
What is Child Like Wonder?
A child-like-wonder or sense of wonder is the way you look at things, specifically through the lens of your inner child or just someone who has a fresh perspective on the current moment of your life. A part of you that is not bogged down by the past or caught up in the future.
Someone here, in the moment, experiencing the moment and finding the good in it.
Why should you cultivate a child-like wonder?
Cultivating a child-like-wonder or a sense of wonder is said to be life-changing for many people who have practiced it for years. Learning to see the beauty in the mundane is what helps make life worth living. We often have more than we realize, but our reality is clouded by what we think others are thinking of us, comparison, social media and not being in the present.
Benefits of Cultivating a Child Like Wonder or Sense of Wonder
Routines stop being routine. Every walk, every car ride, every conversation feels new and exciting. Looking for beauty in the everyday is the first step to breaking out of your daily routine.
2. Better Person
Cultivating a sense of wonder helps you become a more positive person. Other people love being around positive people too. And then you stop letting small things ruin your entire day. When something annoys you, your sense of wonder helps you live in the present and move on with your life.
3. Little Things
It doesn’t matter if you work from home, work at an office or are taking a break from work, look for the beauty in the mornings, your cup of tea or coffee, every bite of the food you eat, a song you are listening to, etc.
How to cultivate child like wonder? How to cultivate a sense of wonder?
Now you may be wondering okay, I get your point but how do I get to cultivating a sense of wonder.
There are a few simple things that you can start with:
1.Prioritize sunsets, sunrises, skies and stars
We often take for granted the magnificence of the beauty we are surrounded with. Pick and choose the time of day that you enjoy the most and take your time, taking in the beauty of the skies.
2.Art, Literature, Music, and Creativity
Make indulging in creativity an integral part of your day. Whether it is when you wake up in the morning or any other time during the day, just take a pen or pencil and doodle away, sing a song, read a book, go to a museum, dance it out. Making time for things that bring you joy, helps you find joy in the mundane.
3.Spend time with children
Children have such an honest, unbiased, and endearing outlook on life. Spending time with children, either through babysitting or hanging out with nieces, nephews or siblings can really help you have a new outlook on life.
4.Courses and Classes
Learning something new opens your mind up to new perspectives. And online courses and classes are a great way to do that. These don’t necessarily have to be about heavy subjects like coding. You could take fun classes on storytelling, flower arrangement, and flat lay photography, etc. Anything you want.
5.Walks and Watching
Now going for walks isn’t just something for old people. Going on walks help you notice things you normally wouldn’t. You learn to appreciate the neighborhood you live in, the trees, the location, the people, the shops, etc. Positivity begins with learning to appreciate what you have.
Making it a point to do good for someone other than yourself can make you feel so damn good! Whether it’s donating to causes that matter to you once a month or volunteering with children, senior citizens, or underprivileged communities, do good with causes that are close to your heart.
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