Life Lessons From Winnie The Pooh For A Happy Life
Who would’ve known that a children’s story of a honey bear and his queer friends could answer some of our deepest and darkest thoughts? The English author A.A.Milne playfully illustrates one of the most lovable characters we know today as Winnie The Pooh with adventures and insights filled with life lessons that are still relevant to this day!
Now, if you were a fan of Winnie The Pooh from a young age you’ll know for certain how fun this plum little honey bear and his friends can be when they’re together. If you haven’t joined them on their fun filled adventure then may this article be a sign for you to hop into a new world with new friends that include Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, and Tigger and of course, Christopher Robin.
So what are you waiting for? Dive into the colorful world of Winnie The Pooh and his friends that is packed with fun and insightful life lessons for readers of all ages.
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Here are Life Lessons From Winnie The Pooh For A Happy Life:
1. Appreciate The Little Things:
As Pooh says to Piglet when Piglet proposes giving Eeyore a balloon for his birthday present, “Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.” A balloon isn’t really a big thing, or an important thing, but it’s a noticeable thing, and Piglet willingly wants to give it to his friend Eeyore to celebrate his birthday. The balloon is merely just an item that stands for a feeling, that shows Eeyore that Piglet loves him.
It’s the little things that really count, so take a moment to appreciate them and be grateful about them. A cup of coffee in the morning, a smile from a friend, a kind word from (or to!) a stranger; it doesn’t have to be anything that extravagant. If your happiness revolves solely around the big things – be it the promotion, the new house, the better car – you’re missing out on a lot of life. Learn to take some time to enjoy the little things too.
2. Try Doing Nothing Once In A While:
Pooh says, “Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” While working towards fulfilling goals and accomplishments feels good and should be applauded, so should doing nothing. If anything, doing nothing must be considered an even greater accomplishment, because we are so oriented towards success being measured by accomplishments.
One of my favorite quotes of all time is “don’t just do something; stand there.” It was first printed in 1945 on an advice column penned by Leonard Lyons and has been used and attributed to many others since, from the White Rabbit to Clint Eastwood. Keeping one self busy isn’t always necessary, especially if that’s the only point of it. It’s much better to be still, be present and be observant. Not to just do for no reason whatever, but instead to simply just be.
3. Be Positive :
We all get lost in the hustle and bustle here and there, and I for one can have a really hard time getting my head out of a “sneaky hate spiral” or other patterns of negative thinking. As Pooh says, “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?””
Long, difficult words can be interesting to employ and impressive to use but they can be frustrating and make conversations inaccessible and make you out reach. One of the easiest ways to be positive is, in fact, in light and upbeat conversation. I strive to keep conversations positive because I am much more likely to remain positive myself if my interactions with others are positive as well.
4. Break Out Of Your Comfort Zone:
Pooh says, “You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” It can be easy for us to stay in our corners of the woods instead of venturing out and about, but breaking habits and our daily patterns, even in really simple ways like taking a new path to work in the morning or the stairs instead of the elevator, we can alter our lives in different and beneficial ways.
Developing a new perspective, seeing the world with a fresh pair of eyes and being able to relate to where others are coming from all have their roots in diversifying our experiences. Which means leaving our corners of the woods and venturing out of our comfort zones.
5. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff (And It’s Mostly All Small Stuff):
Pooh says, “You can’t help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn’t spell it right; but spelling isn’t everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn’t count.” Focusing on details is necessary when doing a work project or analyzing data. But constant scrutiny for the details can mean missing out on the bigger picture and, in life, the big picture is what really matters. Ultimately, it’s mostly the small stuff. So don’t sweat it!
6. Cherish Your Friends
In the words of Winnie The Pooh himself, “If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.” Heart warming isn’t it? Go tell a friend how much you appreciate them right now!
In life, you come across only a tiny fraction of the whole population, whether it be online or in reality. Out of that tiny fraction, only a tinier fraction are really worth building a connection with and establishing a proper relationship with. We call these people our friends. Putting it into perspective that way makes you understand how valuable your friends really are. Cherish them while they’re still around.
7. Live In The Moment
“What day is it?” asked Pooh. “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh. Cute. What’s your favorite day? If Monday is your answer then we might not get along but I totally understand. But even if you’re reading this on a Monday, I hope you’re enjoying it simply because you’re in the present.
The older you get, the more you realize how valuable time actually is. The past is a blur and the future is yet to come. All we have is now. There is literally no point in grieving about the past neither is their any point in worrying about the future when you’re in the present moment. Live in it. You never know when ‘now’ becomes ‘then’. May today be your favorite day.