5 Reasons We Should Be More Childlike
Are you tired of your job? Do you find things to be less and less interesting? Maybe you just need to see things through a more childlike lens to remember what it’s like to be careless and happy without any reason. Imagine yourself in the state of mind of a 5-year-old child when the world seems bigger, people seem better and a lot of new discoveries are waiting around a corner. This “childlike” thinking is also called “beginner’s mind” in some mindfulness groups. It is the conscious practice of seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and feeling things as if you have never sensed them before. It can reawaken the wonder in your life, even in the smallest ways.
Many psychologists recommend that stressed and depressed people do a practice where they become as a little child at least for one day. However, this is not an excuse for childlike behavior in adults like intentionally being pouty or acting dumb to make everyone around you worried or dependent on your mood. Instead, thinking like a child does when he simply enjoys every day of life without doubt and fear.
How can you achieve this practice of child thinking without being weird and reducing your stress to the minimum? Try following some expert tips given by PsychologyToday.Com.
5 reasons why you should be more like childlike
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of childlike can vary. One of the definitions of childlike behavior is the intentional state when adults are acting like little children, being immature or showing a lack of poise that most grown-ups have. Some adults may say that a childish behavior is not good for responsible grown-ups. But, the following reasons may change your thinking:
Acting like a child can be good for you because kids like to question everything
Children are eager to discover the world around them, that is why they tend to ask many questions. Imagine that you follow this behavior but in a considerate way. Consider asking questions like “why” more often. For example, Steve Jobs was a master at asking childlike questions in order to create a simpler design of the first iPhone. When the engineers asked, why a new iPhone has to have only one button, he asked them back “Why not?” They couldn’t give a good answer. This story can demonstrate the importance of being curious.
You can learn how to tell the truth like children do
One of the best childish things is that kids tend to say what they mean, without lies and hidden intentions. You can try following this philosophy just for one day and, at last, start to say what you’ve always wanted. This doesn’t mean that you need to hurt the feelings of other people. When following this advice, you may look at any current situation in your life and say exactly what you think about it – without fear or lies. As an adult, you know how much effort grown-ups have to make daily when thinking about what they should say instead of what they want to say. Saying what you actually think can be very liberating and help to decrease stress in a major way.
Be generous like kids
Little children do not own anything and they feel relaxed about it. Moreover, kids tend to share their things with other children or adults. They approach the world with an open heart and open hands trying to make everyone around them happy. Surely, sometimes children can be selfish (and that is another thing that you may learn from them – treating yourself from time to time won’t hurt), but mostly they tend to give away things easily. Such behavior may teach how to hold on to the things that actually matter and share other things with those who need them more than you.
Children don’t hold grudges
If you are wondering how to have childlike fun in your life, try not to hold grudges. Kids may be crying for a few minutes and then want to hug someone, feeling happy like nothing happened. Some may say that children don’t have long enough memories and their attention span is very short. Still, you may try to forgive people at once when they do something hurtful or stupid. Surely, you may discontinue talking with these people, but holding a grudge can only make you feel worse, bringing zero positive results to your life. Besides, this attitude towards grudges can be a great approach when you have to deal with business setbacks and frustrations.
Try to be open-minded to new things and adventures like children
Even if you put away the childish things in your life, one thing may interest even the most serious adult. Children are not afraid to change their lives. If something seems boring to a child, he or she doesn’t hesitate to change this activity to get more fun. Just sit back and imagine what your life could be if you suddenly decided to refuse to do all the boring things. Also, finding a new way to solve a boring task can be much easier with this kind of approach.
How can you act in a childlike way?
If you can’t remember “what did I do when I was a child”, the following tips may remind you:
- Spontaneous belly laughing. What do kids like? They sure love to laugh. According to health care specialists, belly laughing may reduce the blood pressure leading to heart strokes and diseases. Laughing may be even better than a cardio workout. That is why we should all laugh more. How to have fun? Go watch a new comedy or stand-up show, have fun playing games with your friends, do some creative things – singing, dancing, etc. Any activity that can make you laugh is good;
- Instead of drinking wine alone in the evenings to de-stress, once in a while try going to sing karaoke or play crazy golf;
- Consider getting a pet or joining your friend when he or she walks their dog. This can be a good excuse to throw a Frisbee and play with a dog who also acts like a little kid;
- If you don’t have children, try babysitting. Kids may “infect” you with their sincere laughing, open-mindedness, and vivid imagination. Or you may simply watch and learn how the kids are having fun;
- Joke with others while standing in lines to make other people happy around you. Children love attention and happy faces – why not to follow them? Besides, a good joke can boost your mood as well.
Little children can be funny, sincere, loyal, curious, amazed, and fearless. Many of us have forgotten how to be like this. Returning to the state of a childish mind may change your life for good.