What can adults learn from children?
Here are 10 good lessons that children can teach us:
1. Laughter! Many times a day. (Adults laugh on average 5 times a day, while the children laugh 300 times a day.)
2. To eradicate toxic people from life. If children don’t like someone, they either fight or ignore or pick up the toys and go home. They don’t let some jerk drain their energy and make them angry.
3. Children are never angry for days or weeks. They cry and scream and hour later they watch the cartoon as if nothing happened. That’s the emotional health.
4. Children do not tolerate boredom. They are always in action.
5. Children are willing to do something new and suck at it. They are willing to make complete fool of themselves in front of everyone. They don’t think they need to be a professional singers to sing their favorite song in front of everyone. They don’t care for their reputation. They just care for fun.
6. Children are curious. They ask a whole bunch of stupid and smart questions unapologetically. That’s how they learn and discover.
7. Children are genuinely grateful. (Although the society transforms them into thinking that they will be happy only if they get the newest Batman/Barbie/Luke Skywalker/whatever is trendy.) Children are inherently happy. When I once asked my nephew what does he want me to buy for him, he said: “Oh Milena, don’t bother. I have everything!” 3 year old! How cool is that?
8. Children are excited. They find something to enjoy every in single day. They get up psyched about the day ahead. They are fully alive.
9. They are artists and they are aware of it. They are making one sketch after another, one Lego structure after another, they play, they destroy, they start over. They never wonder: “OMG, does this sketch truly represents me? Am I really an artist now?” They just do they work. Of course they are artists.
10. Children look into the world with new eyes and the beginner’s mind. They don’t pretend they understand how things work. They are not trying to prove their expertise. They look what’s happening right in front of them with curiosity and ability to astonish. According to Jostein Gaarder, that’s what makes them philosophers.
In a nutshell, children can help us get back to who we were before the world told us who we should be. That is the precious lesson. Thanks for asking this question, it is truly important