My dad often tells me, "never grow up".
Admit it, we've all seen kids before and been somewhat jealous of how they have such a "simple and happy" life. All they seem to do is eat, play, sleep, and be happy. With the quotidian distractions adult life entails, it's easy to get caught up in business and stress.
Happiness is always an option. No matter how old you are.
I once had a realization while sitting on a tree stump at the beach, watching the sunset, eating an amazing burrito (how could I not be happy). While enjoying my favorite Mexican treat, I watched 3 young kids playing in the ocean waves.
They were rolling around in the whitewash, running in circles, and splashing in the sea with nothing but absolute joy and a huge smile from ear to ear.
I was happy for them, truly.
Then I became dismayed...
These children, they aren't always going to be like this. No matter how happy they may seem now in their childhood years, they will eventually go through the growing pains of becoming an adult. Stress and depression will, at some point, enter their lives.
"Why is life like this?" I thought to myself...
Then I simply shook my head and laughed as my thoughts answered my own questions.
The kids don't know how good they have it!
Think about it: without darkness, there cannot be light, right? It's the universal law of duality. In order for the children to truly appreciate their happiness, they WILL HAVE TO, at some point, experience the low points in life in order to appreciate the highs.
The purpose of life is to be happy.
But how does one do that? Where do we search for happiness?
Some people go their whole lives chasing people, places, and things that they think will make them happy. This is simply going to get you nowhere.
Happiness is WITHIN.
That little child that we once were, hasn't left. If anything, your younger self has simply been hidden behind a mask unconsciously placed over your persona in order to conform to the norms of societal standards.