Friday, October 1, 2010

How To Be As Happy As A Baby

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Living with small children in the house, I'm reminded on a daily basis how simple life really is when you're a baby.

Joey is just over 5 months old, and she has to be one of the happiest little girls I've ever met. She spends a significant portion of her waking hours laughing and smiling at whoever happens to be in front of, or holding her.

It got me thinking. Wouldn't it be great if we could all be that happy, that often?

I wonder what the "secret" is?

Here's a start ...

Babies are Interested in Everything! They're constantly taking in their surroundings; and learning from what they see, hear, smell and taste. They don't prejudge anything. Every minute is an amazing new adventure.

Babies are Not Shy about Showing Appreciation for those they Love! Have you ever seen a baby's eyes light up, and the big smile they get on their face when they look at mommy or daddy? There is never any doubt at all about whether or not your baby is happy to see you. A smiling baby is a happy baby.

Babies love to play with Both their new toys, And their old ones! ... and even better, they have no idea that the toys they don't have yet, even exist. In other words, what they already have, is what makes them most happy.

If a baby is Crying, there's almost always a reason! I don't want you to get the wrong idea, and think that I have some abnormal baby who never cries ... believe me, she knows how to cry. But, 98% of the time, if she's crying, it's because she's hungry, she's tired, she's got gas, or she has a dirty diaper. To the best of my knowledge, she's Never cried because she thinks's she'll be hungry two hours from now; or will poop in her diaper later on tonight.

Ok, now obviously none (or at least very few) of us actually wishes we were a baby. However, I think it's definitely possible to try to apply some of the observations above into our much more complicated adult lives.

Here we go ...


  1. Pay Attention to what's around you! Make an effort to try to notice new things, and/or to look at "old" things in new and different ways.


  2. Tell someone you Love them! Put a big smile on your face while you're saying it. Do it Today! Not only will you be making someone else feel good, but you'll also be benefiting yourself more than you know.


  3. Learn to Appreciate what you Already Have! This one relates directly to one of my all time favorite quotes ... "True Happiness is not Having What You Want .. It's Wanting What You Have"


  4. If you must whine, cry about the Present! As we get older, and we learn more though experience, the world becomes an understandably more scary place. That said, it always strikes me as terribly unfortunate that so many people, spend so much time and energy, worrying and getting upset, about stuff that hasn't even happened yet. As long as you're making it all up anyway, why not simply Smile and Imagine some of the Good things that Might happen in the future?




So what do you think?

Are you ready to be Happy Like a Baby?

[todd-sig]

p.s. BTW, here's what Joey was up to while I was writing this post:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ6BPWWSMw0

5 comments:

  1. OMG Todd! Great post! I can guarantee you that both of my babies were well-loved and well-fed and well-obsessed-over, but neither were remotely that easy-going at that age. May I babysit?!?!?!?!

    You make some very good points, but honestly... how am I supposed to look past Joey? You are the luckiest man ever. And I know you know how important your role as a Daddy is to your kids. You and your wife are building the most amazing legacy ever. Can you imagine what your holidays will be like 10 or 20 years from now? Okay, I want another baby lol.

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  2. whenever I have had "One of those days" and just need something to make me smile.. I will watch this.... I miss her and Jaiden already...

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  3. lol Heather ... thank you so much for the compliments ... but I think you might have missed that line where I mentioned that Yes, Joey definitely knows how to cry ;-)

    As for parenting ... I think we do "ok" now ... I have had times (earlier) in my life where I can honestly say that I wasn't a very good parent ... I regret that ... but I learned from it ... and do better now. And even my oldest son, and my girls, are growing up to much more well adjusted than I might have expected (ok maybe even feared) based on all the ridiculous arguing they witnessed during my first marriage ... so it's all (well no, mostly) good.

    As for babysitting ... lol, come on down any time ... but you gotta promise to bring Dennis, your own kids ... and at least one original, 1st edition Heather Kephart picture book :-)

    It's your kids who are the Lucky ones ... "my mommy writes books" is something they will be proud to tell all their friends.

    lol, mine are stuck with dad and Dr. Seuss.

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  4. no worries Sis ... an even better idea though ... take some videos of your kids smiling and laughing ... and watch those too!

    Love you lots ... give me a call any time you feel like you need to talk.

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  5. Todd, thanks for sharing your awesome story on "How To Be Happy As A Baby" and the video of Joey with us. This is a great way to live our daily lives. Thanks again :).

    Cille

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