Feel Young at Any Age (inspired by children)

My babies, playing at Jandana Ranch. Zachary left, Ryan right (and Riley the dog, of course.)

As I was taking savasana at the end of my yoga practice this morning, my mind wandered (as it does) to a curious place. I thought about the many ways the very young (and young at heart) behave and live, and how so many of the things they do can keep us healthy, happy and vibrant at any age.

So, here’s a list of ideas, inspired by children, to help you feel young:

  • Sleep as much as you want
  • When you’re awake, move constantly
  • Play whenever possible
  • Don’t wear shoes if you can help it
  • Go outside every day, as many times as you can
  • Eat dirt (or at least play in it, without your shoes on)
  • Laugh lots
  • Cry when you feel like it
  • Let your emotions move (sure, you might be upset one moment, but it’s okay to giggle the next minute)
  • Eat good food (nourish yourself with the same care you would a precious baby)
  • Never stop discovering the world
  • Take pleasure in the simplest things
  • Delight in spending time with family and those you love
  • Try new things
  • Learn something new every day
  • Read to learn, but read stories too
  • Be true to yourself
  • Use your imagination
  • Believe in magic
  • Sing and dance
  • Nurture your passions
  • Make new friends
  • Build community
  • Smile for no reason
  • Don’t hold back
  • Test your boundaries and make new ones
  • Always remember, even when you think you’re alone, that you are loved beyond measure