Have you ever noticed? Kids are always so much happier than adults! What is the one big difference between kids and grown-ups? Kids love to explore. They are constantly exposing themselves to new things and new experiences. Grown-ups, on the other hand, like to stick with the tried and tested, the familiar, the comfortable, the well-beaten path.
In order to be truly happy and to enjoy life, we need to be like kids. We need to let out our adventurous side. We need to allow ourselves to stray away from the beaten path and try something new every once in a while. Here are a few things we should be open to exploring.
Four Things We Should Be Ready To Explore
Explore New Ideas
The world is a huge place with so much to offer. Most of the time, we don't bother to look beyond the obvious. We never bother to scratch below the surface. "Think out of the box". We've heard it so many times, but how many people actually DO think out of the box? At the risk of sounding stale, I'm going to refer to M. S. Dhoni again. During tough situations in a match, he pulls out fresh ideas like rabbits out of his magic hat, e.g., bringing Virat Kohli out to bowl! There is an ocean full of ideas, and all we need to do is go fishing!
Explore New Opportunities
When I was hired as a Technical Support Executive for Dell, I had no prior experience or training of computer hardware. I only knew of software installation and computer programming. I decided to explore the opportunity that had presented itself before me, and I discovered later that I was good at the job. I opened my store also without any prior business experience, and I would say I'm doing pretty okay at it, considering the fact that about half a dozen other businesses, that opened in my neighborhood around that time, have either shut down or relocated. Life presents strange opportunities to us at times. It is up to us whether we give them a try or not.
Explore New Methods
Have you ever left a baby with food? He'll stare at it, poke it, drop it, smash it, play ball with it, stuff it under the sofa cushions, and rub it in his hair. He'll do everything with it and... maybe... even eat it! I'm not suggesting you do the same, but there can be more than one ways of doing things. There's actually a book on 365 Ways To Cook Eggs! (Check it out on amazon.com or amazon.in.) We may have been doing something a particular way throughout our life. That doesn't mean that we cannot try any other way. One approach may not work, but the next one just might. Remember those maze puzzles we solved as kids? No need to despair without trying a new method.
Explore New Perspectives
We usually tend to go by first impressions, whether we're dealing with situations in life or people. We look at something, read the first interpretation that comes to our mind, and hold it as the truth. Rarely do we stop to look at it from a different angle or viewpoint. But we forget: even a dice has six different faces. Life and people are so much more multi-dimensional and multi-faceted than a dice. So just pause to look at your problems and worries from a different perspective. (Recommended reading: Live Life: Find A New Perspective) You might realize they're actually blessings in disguise.
It is easy to fall into our comfort zone and remain there, but life gets stagnant there after a while, and it becomes difficult to find happiness in the same old day-to-day routine of doing things. Opening ourselves to newer experiences brings an element of freshness in our life and infuses it with renewed joy and vigor. It also brings a sense of achievement at having tried something new, which leaves us feeling more positive.
How do you add the element of newness in your life? Do you like to explore new ideas and opportunities? Or do you like to stick with the old and comfortable?
This is my fifth post for 2016 AprilAtoZ. (I'm doing it bi-weekly instead of daily, because of health issues, time constraints and internet connectivity woes. So yeah, I'll finish sometime in June!)
Link to the previous post: A to Z of Happiness: D - Disregard.
What is April A to Z?
My kindle eBook on A to Z of Blogging: Take Your Blog To the Next Level.