17 Things Kids Can Teach You

Kids are amazing. Kids are fun. Kids inspire. We love their pure, unashamed, wonderfully natural, unbiased, uncorrupted, no holds-barred and completely honest love of life.

As much as we love kids, most of us, busy with our responsibilities, rarely take the time to think about just what it is that children seem to intuitively understand, that adults seem to have forgotten. Luckily, for generations, psychologists have been studying how children can motivate and inspire us in our adult lives.

What we know is that children tend to be more confident, more courageous and they seem to enjoy life more intensely than adults. Kids live by instincts, openly and without hesitation.  They are enthusiastic about life, eager to learn, and curious about everything.

They handle themselves differently than adults, and there is much we can learn from their behavior. Here are 17 things kids can teach us about how to live a better life:

1. Spontaneity

Some say it’s a perk of being carefree but whatever it is, the fact of kid life is that kids do not plan or organize what they do. No lists. No prioritizing. They live spontaneously, taking in every uncertain moment for all it’s worth.

Of course it’s absurd to suggest that adults shouldn’t do proper time management or planning. It’s just that spontaneity is so appealing!

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2. Don’t Let a Lack of Qualifications Deter You

It’s all relative, but kids never seem to get hung up about a lack of qualifications. Kids seem to instinctively feel that qualifications are man-made restrictions intended to keep adults from doing what they want to do.

If they have never done something before, they test the waters… and then just do it. If they fail, they brush themselves off and take another stab at it until they get it right.

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Rob Hainer / Shutterstock.com

3. Exercise as Fun

Some call it “playing” or “activities.” One way or another, kids exercise all the time. And it’s hardly ever thought about as “working out” or “exercise” — or even as healthy. It’s just fun – plain and simple.

They chase each other. They do sports. They climb trees, bike and they play tag. Somewhere along the way, adults have forgotten that exercise can also be fun. The trick is finding an activity we really enjoy.

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