20 Simple Things You Need To Do To Awaken Your Inner Child

20 Simple Things You Need To Do To Awaken Your Inner Child

Great teachers and philosophers for thousands of years have implored humanity to recapture the essence of being like children.  To gaze out the window into a world of magic and amazement and to see the world for what is truly is: spectacular!

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Here is my list of 20 Simple Things You Need To Do To Awaken Your Inner Child:

1.  Lay in the grass and stare at the clouds or stars.

2.  Wrestle in the yard.

3.  Go to the park and play catch

4.  Go down a slide at the water park 50 times in a row

5.  Ride a rollercoaster

6.  Build a sandcastle at the beach

7.  Color with crayons

8.  Make something from Play-dough

9.  Play a board game

10.  Play hide-n-go seek

11.  Play a pick up game of basketball

12.  Use your imagination and make up crazy stories

13.  Believe and learn a magic trick

14.  Play in the dirt

15.  Finger paint a picture

16.  Go fishing

17.  Visit kids in the hospital

18.  Eat a giant lollipop

19.  Go to a local fair and eat cotton candy

20.  Watch nature

This quote hangs in my bedroom just below a framed Disney artwork piece…

That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. – Walt Disney


63 thoughts on “20 Simple Things You Need To Do To Awaken Your Inner Child

  1. Beautiful post Danny. You and I must have been on the same wave length today as I just posted something called Let’s Play, where I also explore the benefits of playing. Hooray to awakening our inner child. 🙂

  2. Great post, Danny. And definitely food for thought … I counted how many of those I’ve actually done in the last several months & found I’m at four. Although, I’ve probably done other things with child-like wonder. Always great to be reminded about enjoying the simple things!

  3. When I made mental checks on your list I realized I’m more childlike than I thought it tends to happen when you have young kids 😉 Great post and you’re right some of the gears of the world see the value in seeing the world through the eyes and mind of a child.

  4. Great list! Can I add: buy yourself a helium balloon, attach it to your wrist and walk around with it for a day. It made me feel absolutely silly, but it also made me smile. 😊

    1. Hello! I want to apologize to you for taking so long to return comment. I just found your comment in my spam folder. 🙁 I love the idea of buying a helium balloon! I haven’t done that since I was a kid!

  5. Great post Danny. I live by the rule, see the world through the eyes of a child. I think that’s why most people don’t believe I’m 49. When you’re young at heart it permeates throughout your whole being.

      1. Yeah, it’s not necessarily acting a certain way. It’s thinking a certain way. A child wakes up each day with an awe inspired expectancy of the best day ever. They’re ready to explore and discover all that is available.

  6. My own children always tell me that I’m “such a child.” Though I hardly think they mean it as a complement, I know that they think I am easily amused. And, I’m totally okay with that! Love your thoughts, Danny. Thanks as always!

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