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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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              30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

              30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

              In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

              1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

              Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

              2. Focus on your breath

              Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

              3. Get organized and purge old items

              A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

              4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

              Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

              5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

              Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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              6. Smile more

              Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

              7. Don’t worry about the future

              As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

              8. Eat real food

              The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

              9. Choose being happy over being right

              Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

              10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

              Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

              11. Make use of filtering features on social media

              You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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              12. Get comfortable with silence

              When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

              13. Listen to understand, not to respond

              So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

              14. Put your troubles in a bubble

              Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

              15. Speak more slowly

              Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

              16. Don’t procrastinate

              Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

              17. Buy a coloring book

              Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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              18. Prioritize yourself

              You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

              19. Forgive others

              Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

              20. Check your expectations

              Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

              21. Engage in active play

              Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

              22. Stop criticizing yourself

              The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

              23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

              Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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              24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

              Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

              25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

              Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

              26. Manage your money

              Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

              27. Stop trying to control everything

              Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

              28. Practice affirmations

              Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

              29. Get up before sunrise

              Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

              30. Be yourself

              Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

              Featured photo credit: man watching sunrise via stokpic.com

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