Puddle Play

By Dr. Nancy Buck

canstockphoto15119958Want to know what mental health and happiness looks like? Watch a child discover then dive deep into play with a puddle. There may be no greater happiness or pure joy anywhere.

So what’s wrong with us? Too many adults awaken to a rainy day with dreary thoughts, complaining to themselves or anyone else who will listen about how the rain is going to interfere with their day, their plans or their spirits.

Imagine you wake up to a rainy day with joyful anticipation. Grabbing your rain coat and boots you march outside. You’re on a hunt. The goal is to discover every puddle to jump into. See if you succeed in maker bigger and bigger splashes.

Why should you do this? Just for the joy and fun of it. And along with this action you will find a bit of improved mental health and happiness.

Try it and see.

If you could offer one piece of advice for Mental Health and Happiness what would it be?

5 thoughts on “Puddle Play

  1. First of all…Choice Theory has helped me get through some very tough times in my life and I will be forever grateful to Dr. Glasser for his life’s work. I had an “ahaa” moment a couple of years ago when a family member asked me how I could be so kind to another family member who has been very unkind to me over my lifetime. The following words came spilling out of my mouth and I don’t know if I was recalling them from somewhere or if they were creatively inspired:
    “I am not difined by how others treat me; I define myself by how I treat others” These words freed me and empowered me to focus on my own behaviour, which I can control, and not the behaviour of the other person.

  2. My one advice for mental health and happiness is to spend as much time as possible with people who love, support and encourage you. Decrease the time you spend with people who do those things.

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