Kids often have that happy go lucky air about them, choosing to do things that make them happy, and seldom spending time on things they dislike. So OK, we can’t stop working or cleaning the house because we’d be living in a dirty mess and wouldn’t have any money, but during our spare time there’s nothing stopping us from taking a leaf out of a child’s book.
Think back to what you used to love doing as a child. Why did you love it? How did it make you feel? If you dismiss any thoughts of hobbies and pastimes being childish, I bet there’s an element that you could still built into how you spend your spare time now.
I used to love making things with my hands and recycling old cardboard boxes and toilet roll tubes into mini cars, hotels and houses for my sister’s Barbie dolls, whereas she loved dressing her dolls up and doing their hair. Now, I am passionate about recycling and she is much more of a girlie girl than me, enjoying fashions and dressing up.
My husband used to repair bikes in the holidays and take his bike apart, upgrade it and put it back together. Now he repairs websites and builds things in code. He also still takes his bike apart and puts it back together.
Another thing I used to love doing was writing little stories, inspired by the shelves of Enid Blyton books I used to read through, and baking cakes was something I always wanted to do more of but didn’t get chance to.
So I’ve taken my own advice. As a content writer, obviously I’ve been lucky enough to be able to write to earn money, which is great fun. Of course, something done for pleasure rather than work is always going to have a different side to it, but being able to do something for a job which gives you happiness and satisfaction is worth so much.
Similarly, I have started baking properly, learning cake decorating skills and have launched my own baking business. It’s the biggest Happy I’ve had in my employment, ever, proving that listening to my inner child is the best thing I’ve could have done where my career is concerned.
So have a think. Think about what you used to love to do as a kid. Was it making models out of clay? Playing with robots? Make believe games like House or Doctors and Nurses? Perhaps you’re meant to be a carer or an interior designer. Maybe using electronics or metalwork skills to make robots. Whatever you decide, the worst that can come is learning a new hobby and meeting new people, and if that isn’t a Happy in disguise, I don’t know what is!