The best lessons we learned, we left behind in childhood "
I'm about to get corny...or sentimental (same thing, right?).
It's no secret I want to share my knowledge of psychology (psychology for everyone!!!), but in a less textbooky and more relatable way (yay!!!).
Psychology is understanding people (cool!). Understanding people is darn close to the holy grail!
I'm not going to pretend I understand why there's so many bad drivers, especially when I need to get somewhere in a hurry, but I believe there's merit to having a general understanding, not just compassion, for people.
The best way to understand people, is to dive right into their childhood (what Freud said). The best memories of our lives can be traced back to childhood. How we experience memories as adults can be attributed to our childhood as well (Freud was right!).
But let me backtrack to a time when I didn't even know what Psychology meant. A simpler time. Childhood!
I've always loved to read. Recently I was asked what my favorite book was as a child. Of course I narrowed it down to 50, but most of them came out of the same series!
The Serendipity books: Books about cute animal characters, intertwined with life lessons, and amazing artwork.
I would eagerly visit the general store in my town to find another one I hadn't read yet. If I didn't save enough money that month, I'd sit at the bay window seat in the corner between the book shelves and read out of them. Getting lost in the pages.
I've collected these books over the years as I've collected life lessons- more complex than the ones portrayed in my childhood relics. But I realized what a great starting point, and now reminder, these are. Also, I need a window seat!
The books had an impact on me and now my own children as I browse Amazon for books I've missed in the series.
I want to share a list of "lessons" these books had within them. Maybe you need a reminder too. They may be children's books, but folks this is real life right here! Nothing textbooky about it. And only a little corny...in a relatable way of course.
These are the golden rules of life!
Laughing at yourself can be the most fun of all.
Sometimes love forces us to make difficult choices.
When we exaggerate everything, we often forget what the truth is.
Being clean and tidy makes life easier for yourself and others.
Everyone deserves a chance to do something good.
Adults can learn from the magic children have in their hearts.
It's best to take only what you need.
Even though there's other things to do, home is still the best place to be.
Healthy food and exercise keep you well in body and mind.
It's important to know when to say "no".
You can be your best if you really believe in yourself.
Gossip is harmful—and usually filled with lies.
Children need love and attention from the very beginning.
It is important to learn to say "No!" to situations that make you uncomfortable
Learn to listen to others.
Good manners are important
Words can sometimes be used as a barrier.
Beauty is not only in the eye, but in all of the senses.
Conceit can make you blind to what is really beautiful.
Those who are gone are never forgotten.
Normal is whatever I am, and whoever you are.
Make time for stories and books.
Laughter makes work much easier.
Your own imagination can be a good friend.
To have a friend you must be a friend.
Sometimes we must lose in order to gain.
Don't be afraid of change, it can be beautiful.
Every creature is useful and special in its own way.
Knowing who you really are will bring you happiness.
When we work together there's more to share.
Cooperation can solve almost any problem.
It is important to take the time to enjoy life.
Hope to hear from YOU! Drop me a comment about your favorite childhood book, memories, or just to say "Hi"!
I'm passionate about no-nonsense self-improvement. Too many of us are plagued by faulty thought patterns- I aim to change that!