05/30/2012 07:41 am ET

5 Things We Can Learn From Children

Remember the innocence of childhood? We didn't worry about money, jobs, debt, or the economy. We didn't have angry bosses, unrealistic deadlines, or short-tempered co-workers. Instead, all we had was boundless energy, the pure joy of a light heart and the open space of a clear mind.
But as we grew up, we slowly lost the innocence and naivety of childhood. The bounce in our step deflated, we didn’t smile as widely, and we no longer noticed the little things that once fascinated us.
Although I don’t have children of my own (yet), I often babysit for my little cousins. They’ve reminded me of all the wonderful things I’ve forgotten about childhood. Although the perfect incorruptibility of a child can never fully be revived within us, there's still a lot to learn from these little pint-sized people:

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