Contrary to what most people think, maturity is a state without an age. Just because someone is older doesn’t make them mature and from my own experience, I can say that while some young individuals are mature, I’ve also encountered older people who lack maturity and only think about themselves.
The thing is while everyone ages, not everyone develops into a more mature person. Mature people do not only learn from their experiences but rather apply knowledge in a way to make themselves and others feel better.
How to show maturity
A grateful heart
Mature individuals are thankful for things other than themselves. They are always happy because they appreciate every little thing that comes their way. Instead of concentrating on and complaining nonstop about the negative things, they are grateful for the positive things. Additionally, they give more rather than take from others. The heart of a mature person is one of gratitude.
Listen more, talk less
When you’re mature, you always prefer to listen to advice over speaking. Because God gave us only one mouth and tongue to speak with and two ears to listen with, we must always listen more and talk less.
When you listen more, it gives you room to fully understand situations before airing out your views. So when you do this, people will take you more seriously, which will boost your confidence.
Be less argumentative and more accommodating
Since every person on earth has their own behavior and thoughts, our minds can never be the same because we are humans. So you are definitely going to have different opinions from others. But this does not necessitate arguments.
As a mature person, you have to be more accommodating and understanding of others’ points of view. By doing this, you show others respect and give room to others to express themselves. Moreover, one way to quickly destroy friendships is through frequent arguments. So it is important to avoid arguments as much as you can.
Save more, spend less
Yes, maturity isn’t just about how you relate with others. You can show maturity in your finances too. As a mature person, you have to save more than what you spend. This is because you don’t have to focus on only today but you have to save for the future too. Also, you never know what will occur tomorrow, so you need to save some money for the unknown.
Celebrate others success
A mature person never harbors envy for the success of others. Besides motivating and assisting people to succeed, they also acknowledge the individual’s accomplishments. Naturally, God will bless you when you are not envious of other people’s success. It’s wise to avoid feeling envious of other people, especially your family and friends.
You love children and elders
Most people, especially young people, like spending time with their friends who are usually their age mates. But to be a more mature person, you should hang out with other age groups too, not just adults but young ones too.
People in different age groups have different viewpoints and experiences in life. Engaging with such people helps you to see life from a wider perspective. By hanging out with both the old and the young, you learn new things to help you make better decisions for your life.
A person who is mature is open and honest with everyone. A mature person finds it easy to be honest because they care about other people’s sentiments. Sometimes, though telling the truth will hurt, it’s important to be sincere.
You should always maintain your integrity and always follow the truth. A mature person compassionately explains what they are looking for and willing to provide instead of lying out of fear of expressing the truth.
Disagree without being disrespectful
You shouldn’t treat someone less because they don’t share your viewpoint if you’re a mature person. There are billions of people in the world, thus it is impossible for you to agree with everyone.
Being mature means being able to distinguish between your feelings and thoughts. People who lack maturity cannot accomplish this. This is primarily caused by a lack of emotional restraint. People who have reached maturity are able to manage their emotions.
It requires some level of maturity and humility to admit your part in creating problems, be it your own problems or situations involving others. The ability to distinguish between different things, make appropriate plans, and never place blame on others is one most important aspects of your evolution into a more mature human being.
Don’t hold people responsible, even if they are. Accept responsibility for everything that happens in your life and take care of the situations you encounter without whining.