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The average three-year old expresses qualities we have long since abandoned due to overwhelming ‘busy’-ness,” asserts Danielle Brooker in Five Easy Lessons a Toddler Can Teach You, (Forbes magazine, October 15, 2018). She outlines ways young children naturally practice wellness and asks, “Which lessons will you be adopting today?” Here are her five ways:

• Presence - When toddlers are coloring, chasing butterflies, jumping on trampolines, or swinging on swings it’s like that is the only thing they want to be doing. The thought of being anywhere else is unfathomable. As we grow older, presence is something that slips away. Practices such as meditation and mindfulness are all tools that support being more in the present.

• Be spontaneous - Toddlers don’t sit around waiting for the right decision to come to them. They make decisions fast. And, as it turns out, so do successful people.

• Color outside the lines - Another way to put this one: embrace imperfection. Maybe think a new way.

• Be curious - Ask stacks of questions. But whhhhyyyyy??? Remember being that interested in something? Wanting to know everything about it and then waking up the next day and wanting to learn all over again?

• Forgive quickly - Finally, toddlers move on so quickly. Tantrum one minute, running around gleefully the next. No hard feelings. It seems it’s us adults that ‘hold on’ to those feelings and grudges. Forgiveness, letting go, and moving on quickly lead to less stress and anxiety and other long-term health benefits, too.

From Mike Brown in Idea Magnets: Seven Strategies for Cultivating and Attracting Creative Business Leaders. He believes idea magnets are everywhere—you just need to know where to look. They strangely sound like some of the things of which our toddlers are masters. Try some:

• Absorb diverse, creativity-generating references and resources.

• Ask rich questions.

• Listen before talking.

• Generalize opportunities and challenges as a way to find comparable situations to expand possibilities.

• Connect people, resources, and ideas.

• Easily move between foreground and background in group settings.

• Embrace building on their own and others’ ideas to grow their potential.

• Enthusiastically cheer for others.

• Display boldness for stretching what is possible as well as envisioning the impossible.

• Make challenging decisions when an idea has outlived (or is about to outlive) its usefulness.

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