101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step 59-Think Like a Kid Again


In Step 25: I gave you some pointers about how to think like a kid. Kids take life as it comes. Most importantly they live in the moment. If I could give you only ONE bit of advice on how to be happy, it would be: Learn to live in the present moment.

So here is a simple self-hypnosis session to learn to think like a kid again. I am repeating the steps for inducing self-hypnosis from Step 48 below.

You can record yourself saying the steps to yourself for a deeper session.

  1. Get in a comfortable position, preferably sitting up or reclining. If possible have only one or two places where you do this, so your subconscious begins to associate them with relaxation.
  2. Close your eyes and start out by focusing on your breathing.
  3. If you like, use soothing music or the sound of ocean waves or white noise to aid your relaxation.
  4. Take a deep breath and as you exhale, imagine that healing energy, in a color of your choice, is coming in through the top of your head and then pushing any negative thoughts, beliefs, feelings or experiences out through the bottoms of your feet.
  5. Repeat step #4 three more times or until you can imagine yourself filled up with the healing color from your brain cells to your toes.
  6. It may also help you to count down from 10 to 1 while you are doing this. (Use the same routine every time you practice self-hypnosis and you will notice it taking less time for you to go to deeper levels of relaxation.
  7. Once you get down from 10 to 1 or see your body filled up with color, ask yourself one or more of the following questions and listen or watch for the answer. The answer may come to you as a feeling, a little movie in your mind, a person’s face, a smell, a color or even music or other sounds.
    1. What is my happiest childhood memory?
    2. What was I doing on my fifth birthday?
    3. Who made me feel the happiest when I was 8 years old?
    4. What was my favorite thing to do when I was 6 years old?
  8. If you have trouble doing step 7, use happy photos of yourself as a child to get you started.
  9. Do this exercise for at least a week and journal about your experiences.

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