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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 May 21, 2019

              How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

              How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

              For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

              If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

              Example 1

              You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

              You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

              In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

              Example 2

              You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

              People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

              You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

              Example 3

              You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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              The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

              Example 4

              You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

              Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

              If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

              Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

              • Understand your own communication style
              • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
              • Communicate with precision and care
              • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

              1. Understand Your Communication Style

              To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

              In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

              Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

              2. Learn Others Communication Styles

              Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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              If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

              “How do you prefer to receive information?”

              This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

              To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

              3. Exercise Precision and Care

              A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

              On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

              Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

              I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

              I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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              In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

              The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

              Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

              4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

              Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

              In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

              “Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

              Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

              Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

              It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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              It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

              It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

              Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

              Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

              The Bottom Line

              When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

              I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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