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15 Signs You’re Very Young At Heart

15 Signs You’re Very Young At Heart

Do you feel young at heart? There are many lessons adults can learn from children to make their lives easier, less stressful and more enjoyable.

Here are 15 signs that you are young at heart.

1. You See The Humor In Life

Children can see humor and fun in almost anything, from playing on a swing to someone pulling a silly face. Adults who are young at heart try to embrace the day, and smile and laugh whenever possible, even if it may feel like there is nothing to smile about.

2. You Love To Be Outside

Being outside and experiencing nature can improve your mood and calm you down. Adults who are young at heart appreciate nature whenever they are around it, and are always more than happy to be outside.

3. You Think It’s Important To Try New Things

Children are always experiencing new things, and they throw themselves into learning new skills and trying new activities. Many adults fear the unknown, but people who are young at heart love getting the chance to have new experiences and insights.

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    4. You Try To Be Courageous, Instead Of Fearful

    Children’s lives often feel boundless as they are not held back by a fear of failure or rejection. Adults who are young at heart embrace life, and seize every opportunity they get with determination and hope.

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      5. You Appreciate The Little Things

      As a child, you were probably a lot more aware of the small things going on around you, from watching ants walk in a line to collecting unique pebbles. Children notice and see beauty everywhere in life, and it brings them a great amount of joy.

      Adults who are young at heart take the time to stop and appreciate the world around them, even if it is only for five minutes a day. They see the world as inspiring and vast, and they don’t want to miss even a minute of it.

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        6. You Don’t Hold Grudges

        One of the reasons children are so content is that they live in the moment, and don’t carry old grudges with them. Adults who are young at heart let go of grudges and bad feelings, but hold on to happy and positive memories.

        7. You Enjoy Interacting With Animals

        Animals are filled with love and emotion and children are captivated by them. As we grow up we often struggle to feel captivated by anything, but adults who are young at heart still love to play with animals and be in their presence.

        8. You Love Making New Friends

        Most of your childhood is spent making new friends; at school, at birthday parties and at clubs. Adults who are young at heart remain opportunistic, rather than closing themselves off, and view strangers and acquaintances as potential friends.

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          9. You Embrace Being Creative

          You will regularly see young children losing themselves for hours in creative pursuits such as drawing, crafting or painting. Children can immerse themselves in creative activities – much like the way adults can lose themselves in work.

          People who are young at heart often enjoy exploring their creative side, and set aside time to be creative – just as they set aside time for work projects.

          10. You Are Proud Of Your Scars

          Children are proud of their cuts and bruises; remember how everyone would sign a child’s cast at school if they broke their arm?

          Young at heart adults do not feel ashamed or embarrassed about their scars – emotional or physical – instead, they are proud of them for making them who they are today.

          11. You Live For Today

          Children rarely think far beyond the current day, and adults who are young at heart are very similar. They believe every day is filled with opportunities, experiences and adventures, and they avoid stressing about yesterday’s struggles.

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            12. You Don’t Worry Too Much About Things You Cannot Change

            Children rarely worry about things that they cannot change. Adults are permanently analysing different outcomes of situations they can’t change, as they want to feel in control of every aspect of their lives.

            Adults who are emotionally young at heart know they cannot change the outcome of everything, so they do not bother worrying or stressing about it.

            13. You Push Yourself Beyond Your Limitations

            Every day children push themselves beyond their limitations, as they learn to walk, talk, read, write and socialize. Many adults fear learning new things because they’re afraid of failure, but adults who are young at heart don’t let their limitations hold them back.

            14. You Love To Try New Things

            Many adults fear the unknown, but if you are young at heart you love to try new things, from exotic food to learning a new skill. Rather than feeling fear, adults who are young at heart feel curiosity and a thirst for knowledge.

            15. You Are Aware Of The World Around You

            Adults who are young at heart find the world around them awe-inspiring and amazing. Rather than trudging through life unaware of their surroundings, they admire and question everything they see in the world.

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              Last Updated on September 17, 2018

              7 Signs of an Unhappy Relationship That Makes You Feel Stuck

              7 Signs of an Unhappy Relationship That Makes You Feel Stuck

              Relationships are complicated and when you’re unhappy, it can be difficult to tell what’s causing it and what needs to change.

              Sometimes it’s as easy as opening up to your partner about your problems, while other times it may be necessary to switch partners or roll solo to get your mind straight.

              When you’re in the thick of things, it can be difficult to tell if you’re unhappy in your relationship or just unhappy in general (in which case, a relationship may be just the cure you need).

              Here’re signs of an unhappy relationship that is possibly making you feel stuck:

              1. You’re depressed about your home life.

              No matter what you do in life, you’re going to have good and bad days. Your relationship is no different.

              However, no matter what you’re going through at home, you have to feel comfortable in your own home.

              If you constantly dread going home because your significant other is there, there’s a problem. Maybe it’s something you already know about, everyone has an argument or just needs some alone time.

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              When that yearning to be alone becomes an insatiable obsession over the course of months and years, it’s time to realize you’re not the exception to the rule.

              You’re unhappy in your relationship, and you need to take a look in the mirror and do whatever it takes to make yourself smile.

              2. You aren’t comfortable being yourself.

              Remember all those things you discovered about yourself when you first got together? The way your partner made you feel when you met that made you fall in love with him or her in the first place.

              If they don’t make you feel that way anymore, it’s not the end of the world. If your partner makes you uncomfortable about being you, then her or she is only dragging you down. It’s up to you to decide how to handle that.

              You need to be comfortable with who you are. This means being comfortable in your skin and with the way you walk, talk, look, breath, move, and all the other things that make you uniquely you.

              If the person who supposedly loves you doesn’t make you feel good about yourself, know that you can do better. They’re not even one in a billion.

              3. You can’t stop snooping.

              Mutual trust is necessary in any relationship. The only way to get that trust is with respect.

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              I can find you anywhere online, no matter how private and secure you think you are. The odds of you having a password I can’t crack are slim. If we’ve met in person, I could install a remote key logger on your device without even touching it.

              Finding your information online hardly takes a clandestine organization. Any idiot with a Wi-Fi-enabled device can cyberstalk you. I’m just the only idiot in the village admitting it.

              So now that we know everyone snoops, it’s time to address your personal habits. Governments snoop because they don’t trust us. If you’re snooping on your partner, it’s because you don’t trust them.

              It’s ok to have doubts, and it’s perfectly normal to look into anything that looks weird, but keep in mind that data collection is only half of an investigation.

              If you find yourself constantly snooping and questioning everything, clearly there’s a trust issue and the relationship likely needs to end.

              4. You’re afraid of commitment.

              If you’ve been dating longer than a year and you aren’t engaged, it’s never going to happen.

              Commitment is important. People will come up with a million ways to describe why they can’t be committed.

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              No matter who you are if you like it, you need to put a ring on it. Find an engagement ring, stick a gemstone in it and marry the person. If you’re not legally able to get married or you don’t believe in it for one reason or another, have a child (or adopt one, however you’re able to) or treat your partner’s family like your own. It’s a huge financial and mental commitment.

              If you’re not ready for one or the other after some time, don’t waste anymore of your precious life on the relationship.

              Your relationship should be something that propels you forward. If it’s not going anywhere, make it an open relationship and call it what it is—dating multiple people.

              5. You imagine a happier life without your partner.

              If all you’re doing is imagining a happier life without your partner, it’s a sign that you’re in the wrong relationship. You’re unhappy and you need to get out.

              Your partner should be included in your dreams. There’s nothing wrong with wanting a future with someone.

              Try to remember what you dreamed of before you got your heart broken by the realities of life, love and the pursuit of human success.

              Remember when you would crush on that cute kid in class? You would secretly imagine marrying him or her and going on an adventure—that’s the way life should be.

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              If you’re not at least imagining adventures together, then why are you in that relationship?

              6. You resent, rather than love your partner.

              When a relationship starts to crumble, you begin to resent your partner for all the things you once loved about him or her.

              When you’ve reached this point, your partner has reached at least No. 2 on this list. From your partner’s perspective, your unhappiness with them is picked up as bashing them for being who they are.

              If you’re both unhappy in the relationship, it’s better if it ends as quickly and painlessly as possible.

              7. You chase past feelings.

              It’s okay to reminisce about the past, but if all you do is wish things were like they used to be, it’s a sign you’re not on the right path.

              You’re unhappy and, at the very least, you need to have an open dialogue about it. This isn’t necessarily a sign that the relationship should end, but it definitely needs a spark.

              When you talk to your partner candidly about what it is you’re looking for, you never know how they’ll react. The risk alone is worth it, good or bad.

              Final thoughts

              If you’re feeling stuck in your current relationship, it’s time to reflect about it with your partner. Don’t ignore these signs of an unhappy relationship as they will slowly go worse and harm both you and your partner in long-term.

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