the world from a child's perspective

January 9, 2016

The BIG Thing You Can Do To Boost Your Happiness in 2016

If there’s nothing else that I’ve learned from being an adult, it’s how differently I see the world with each passing year. As we grow and change and evolve as individuals, we tend to see the world with a slightly different perspective as we age. That perspective has a huge impact on your level of happiness- luckily, you can change your perspective with a bit of consistent effort.

Last year, I decided that I don’t necessarily love my own perspective of things. My inner critic is hardest to silence, I can jump to the worst case scenario in the snap of a finger, and I have high expectations of everything and everyone. As 2016 begins, I challenge you to take a hard, honest look at your own perspective. Chances are, you’re not always looking at the world with a chic pair of rose colored glasses…

If, like me, you wish for a fresh perspective, I urge you to shake things up this year. I’ve found that spending time with new people who can help adjust the lens with which you view the world around you. While your friends are resolving to quit their bad habits, spend more time at the gym, or get organized, I wonder if boosting your happiness this year could be tied to something MUCH more fun.

Let’s face it….we may all be created equal, but, at some point, we all develop a different set of strengths and weaknesses. When it comes to boosting happiness, there’s one group who takes the cake:

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Kids! If you want to forget your troubles, c’mon get happy, and chase all your cares away, hang out with the best kind of people on the planet. In my personal experience, they’re, undoubtedly, the best people to give you a truly long-lasting happiness boost. If you don’t have kids of your own (or even if you do!), there’s a way to improvise…..

Big Brothers Big Sisters Of America is a non-profit with the sole mission of making a positive impact on the lives of children. This organization helps match you with a child in your local area, and, since I was matched with my little, I’ve been having a total blast.

Once you’re accepted into the program and matched with your Little, you can start doing things you would almost never do as an adult- make crafts, watch kids’ movies, go rollerskating, ice skating, bowling, take a nature hike, playing sports, learn a new language together… the options are limitless!

The commitment is this: for, at least, one year, you spend a few hours 2-4 times a month with your Little. That’s it. Your job is to just have fun with them one-on-one…and the reciprocal pay off is ENORMOUS.

According to a recent study on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America site:

“Researchers found that after 18 months of spending time with their Bigs, the Little Brothers and Little Sisters, compared to those children not in our program, were:

  • 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
  • 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
  • 52% less likely to skip school
  • 37% less likely to skip a class
  • 33% less likely to hit someone

They also found that the Littles were more confident of their performance in schoolwork and getting along better with their families.”

And it gets better- 67% of former Littles surveyed agree that their Big played a role in their decision to attend college! If you’re asking for my opinion, this seems like the ultimate win-win. Get involved today! You can fill out a simple form to get the ball rolling to make a difference- not only in your life but in the life of a child.

What’s your favorite childhood activity? Do you have other suggestions for seeing the world through the eyes of a child?