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10 Vital Life Lessons We Can Learn from Children

 Children seem to know something that adults have forgotten. They appear more confident, more courageous and enjoy life more intensely than we adults do. I often look back at my childhood years and cannot help but think of them as the best years of my life. I was a carefree spirit; I lived in the present moment; I had no anxieties and I had no fears. I often wish that I could return to the innocence and zest for life I once had when I was a child. I believe that we can all learn something from our younger selves to bring more clarity and joy into adulthood. 
 
1. They see each day as a new beginning
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When you are young, a day can feel like an eternity. Yet with each new day we are aware of the new prospects and new opportunities to make new friends, explore new adventures and learn new things. Every day is an opportunity to start afresh. And, unlike adults, children do not carry baggage from one day to the next. 
2. They are fearless
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Children are more willing to explore and try new things. They are unaware of the consequences and are more willing to try something new. If they injure themselves they use it as an opportunity to learn from their mistakes. As adults, we often hold ourselves back, predominantly because of fear. We stop ourselves from taking chances and seeing what happens. Successful people tend to be those that step out of their boundaries and take risks. 
3. They lose themselves in creative projects
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A child can often be seen getting lost in a creative project for hours at a time, be it drawing, playing with clay, building a sand castle, and so on. Yet, as we get older, we stop seeing creative activities as worthwhile. How many adults do you know (aside from artists) who spend their free time drawing, playing with clay or finger painting? 
4. They find joy in most things and laugh every day
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Children have a beautiful ability to find joy all around them. They see silliness everywhere.
 
5. They cry if they feel like it
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Crying is not often an emotion that adults feel comfortable expressing, yet children do so all the time. Crying helps release our emotions in a normal, healthy way. Yet, instead, we always make it a point to keep it in check. Consequently, we end up keeping our emotions to ourselves. At times, it's okay for us to be a little more open and vulnerable with people we feel comfortable around. 
6. Children are active
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Thinking back to my younger years, it was a joy to play outside, running around until I was out of breath and my cheeks were rosy. I never thought of being active as exercise or daily fitness, for me, I was just playing and it was fun. 
7. They are more willing to try new things
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Children will attempt to play a sport that they have never tried before. They are more willing to jump on a trampoline or dive into a pool, or ski down a mountain, even if they have never done so before. Adults tend to have a fear of the unknown and prefer to stay in their comfort zone, rarely venturing out. Adventure though can make us feel exhilarated and awakened. 
8. They are enthusiastic
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Children often tend to have so much enthusiasm. They feel lots of excitement, and are hopeful and optimistic. We too should learn to approach life in a more optimistic way. As adults, we often tend to dwell on the negative.
9. They nurture friendships
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Observe children playing with their friends, they often find pure joy in doing so and are always keen to make new ones. Children tend to enjoy their many activities too - they join soccer teams, go to birthday parties and enjoy quite a number of after school activities too. 
10. They notice the little things
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The simple things that we often take for granted tend to bring incredible joy and profound inspiration to children. They notice the tiny miracles that surround them each day. How much more beautiful life could be if we noticed the same things they do?
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