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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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              Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

              Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

              How often have you said something simple, only to have the person who you said this to misunderstand it or twist the meaning completely around? Nodding your head in affirmative? Then this means that you are being unclear in your communication.

              Communication should be simple, right? It’s all about two people or more talking and explaining something to the other. The problem lies in the talking itself, somehow we end up being unclear, and our words, attitude or even the way of talking becomes a barrier in communication, most of the times unknowingly. We give you six common barriers to communication, and how to get past them; for you to actually say what you mean, and or the other person to understand it as well…

              The 6 Walls You Need to Break Down to Make Communication Effective

              Think about it this way, a simple phrase like “what do you mean” can be said in many different ways and each different way would end up “communicating” something else entirely. Scream it at the other person, and the perception would be anger. Whisper this is someone’s ear and others may take it as if you were plotting something. Say it in another language, and no one gets what you mean at all, if they don’t speak it… This is what we mean when we say that talking or saying something that’s clear in your head, many not mean that you have successfully communicated it across to your intended audience – thus what you say and how, where and why you said it – at times become barriers to communication.[1]

              Perceptual Barrier

              The moment you say something in a confrontational, sarcastic, angry or emotional tone, you have set up perceptual barriers to communication. The other person or people to whom you are trying to communicate your point get the message that you are disinterested in what you are saying and sort of turn a deaf ear. In effect, you are yelling your point across to person who might as well be deaf![2]

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              The problem: When you have a tone that’s not particularly positive, a body language that denotes your own disinterest in the situation and let your own stereotypes and misgivings enter the conversation via the way you talk and gesture, the other person perceives what you saying an entirely different manner than say if you said the same while smiling and catching their gaze.

              The solution: Start the conversation on a positive note, and don’t let what you think color your tone, gestures of body language. Maintain eye contact with your audience, and smile openly and wholeheartedly…

              Attitudinal Barrier

              Some people, if you would excuse the language, are simply badass and in general are unable to form relationships or even a common point of communication with others, due to their habit of thinking to highly or too lowly of them. They basically have an attitude problem – since they hold themselves in high esteem, they are unable to form genuine lines of communication with anyone. The same is true if they think too little of themselves as well.[3]

              The problem: If anyone at work, or even in your family, tends to roam around with a superior air – anything they say is likely to be taken by you and the others with a pinch, or even a bag of salt. Simply because whenever they talk, the first thing to come out of it is their condescending attitude. And in case there’s someone with an inferiority complex, their incessant self-pity forms barriers to communication.

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              The solution: Use simple words and an encouraging smile to communicate effectively – and stick to constructive criticism, and not criticism because you are a perfectionist. If you see someone doing a good job, let them know, and disregard the thought that you could have done it better. It’s their job so measure them by industry standards and not your own.

              Language Barrier

              This is perhaps the commonest and the most inadvertent of barriers to communication. Using big words, too much of technical jargon or even using just the wrong language at the incorrect or inopportune time can lead to a loss or misinterpretation of communication. It may have sounded right in your head and to your ears as well, but if sounded gobbledygook to the others, the purpose is lost.

              The problem: Say you are trying to explain a process to the newbies and end up using every technical word and industry jargon that you knew – your communication has failed if the newbie understood zilch. You have to, without sounding patronizing, explain things to someone in the simplest language they understand instead of the most complex that you do.

              The solution: Simplify things for the other person to understand you, and understand it well. Think about it this way: if you are trying to explain something scientific to a child, you tone it down to their thinking capacity, without “dumbing” anything down in the process.[4]

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              Emotional Barrier

              Sometimes, we hesitate in opening our mouths, for fear of putting our foot in it! Other times, our emotional state is so fragile that we keep it and our lips zipped tightly together lest we explode. This is the time that our emotions become barriers to communication.[5]

              The problem: Say you had a fight at home and are on a slow boil, muttering, in your head, about the injustice of it all. At this time, you have to give someone a dressing down over their work performance. You are likely to transfer at least part of your angst to the conversation then, and talk about unfairness in general, leaving the other person stymied about what you actually meant!

              The solution: Remove your emotions and feelings to a personal space, and talk to the other person as you normally would. Treat any phobias or fears that you have and nip them in the bud so that they don’t become a problem. And remember, no one is perfect.

              Cultural Barrier

              Sometimes, being in an ever-shrinking world means that inadvertently, rules can make cultures clash and cultural clashes can turn into barriers to communication. The idea is to make your point across without hurting anyone’s cultural or religious sentiments.

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              The problem: There are so many ways culture clashes can happen during communication and with cultural clashes; it’s not always about ethnicity. A non-smoker may have problems with smokers taking breaks; an older boss may have issues with younger staff using the Internet too much.

              The solution: Communicate only what is necessary to get the point across – and eave your personal sentiments or feelings out of it. Try to be accommodative of the other’s viewpoint, and in case you still need to work it out, do it one to one, to avoid making a spectacle of the other person’s beliefs.[6]

              Gender Barrier

              Finally, it’s about Men from Mars and Women from Venus. Sometimes, men don’t understand women and women don’t get men – and this gender gap throws barriers in communication. Women tend to take conflict to their graves, literally, while men can move on instantly. Women rely on intuition, men on logic – so inherently, gender becomes a big block in successful communication.[7]

              The problem: A male boss may inadvertently rub his female subordinates the wrong way with anti-feminism innuendoes, or even have problems with women taking too many family leaves. Similarly, women sometimes let their emotions get the better of them, something a male audience can’t relate to.

              The solution: Talk to people like people – don’t think or classify them into genders and then talk accordingly. Don’t make comments or innuendos that are gender biased – you don’t have to come across as an MCP or as a bra-burning feminist either. Keep gender out of it.

              And remember, the key to successful communication is simply being open, making eye contact and smiling intermittently. The battle is usually half won when you say what you mean in simple, straightforward words and keep your emotions out of it.

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