Why Adults Should Think More Like Children. I have been thinking a lot about how we best approach health in our state, country, and world. I have said before that I believe that health is best reflected by one’s biological age – the younger your body’s true age is, the healthier you are.
Thinking about this paradigm, I began to reflect on what are the most critical components of helping us be healthier and biologically younger, closer to the person we were in our youth.
Being younger in mind and spirit may indeed be the central key to rediscovering the truths many of us knew as we were growing up: the only real-time is now, and we see the world with wonder, friends, and joy.
If not traumatized, children are naturally observant and creative. The gradual inculcation of formalized schooling, scheduled activities, social rules, hierarchy, competition, and fear about the future slowly reduces their ability to see things differently than adults.
What do we do about this? How can we, as adults, rediscover the healthy frame of children?
First, we need to work on building safety and resilience in our traumatized population and communities.
Safety is a critical element in Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs and was the key element found by Google in all of its highest functioning teams.
As we proceed to the top of Maslow’s hierarchy is self-actualization – being our best selves, aware of and appreciative of others.
Maybe reaching the top of this pyramid denotes our reaching inner feelings of safety, to be in the now (versus the past or future), and to experience the world with wonder and awe.
The poet and sage William Blake wrote in the poem, The Auguries of Innocence, a reflection in being captured in the rapture of exploration and an opened heart, as he wrote:
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour