Most adults can find wonder in large magnificent things such as a beautifully painted sunrise or sunset, or the birth of a new baby. My children find wonder in the simplest things such as a puddle in a parking lot, an unusual bug on the sidewalk, a funny shaped cloud, a new way to fold a paper airplane; their list is endless. For some reason, as we “grow up” we seemingly loose our ability to find wonder and awe in daily occurrences. How can you boost your happiness in life? Have a sense of wonder again!
I happen to live closely to Radnor Lake, here in Nashville, TN. This small lake is a hidden oasis, in my opinion, and I love walking and exercising on it’s trails all throughout the spring, summer and fall months. I have found that finding wonder and getting closer to nature really do go hand in hand. By simply walking along the absolutely beautiful trails of Radnor Lake in the mornings, I get the opportunity to soak in such beauty. Some mornings I walk alongside families of deer, who poke their heads up from eating just to watch me walk by… no running away… just a simple wink of their eyes, as if I belonged there 5 feet from them. Other mornings I just stop in mid-step at the sun streaming in between the vast tree tops, lighting up the walking path with such amazing colors! And don’t even get me started on the colors of the spring & fall in those hills!! If you have any place you can get to, even weekly, to take a walk on the grass in your bare feet, picnic in the park, hike in the hills… do it! The breathtaking beauty of God’s nature is enough to teach you how to cultivate a child-hood new sense of wonder all over again.
You may find that things even back in the city life will seem a bit more beautiful. Open your eyes and see what shapes your imagination can find in the clouds in the sky. Maybe you will even be tempted to puddle jump in the parking lot after the next rain! 🙂
When your sense of wonder grows, your gratefulness grows. This simple step is a great way to boost your happiness anytime, any day. I look forward to hearing about your awe and wonder stories!
🙂 Sonya… She Idealist.