10 Qualities You Need to Have to Call Yourself Mature
Hitting puberty or reaching the legal age does not automatically make you mature. Some people grow physically but emotionally, they still have a long way to go to be adults. For you to lose your childish or immature title, you would need to exhibit certain traits, like being able to be happy for someone else.
Bright Side takes a look at the traits that need to be adopted before you can call yourself a true grown up.
1. Having control of your own emotions
Instead of getting angry easily at someone else over something that they do, a mature person would be quick to keep their emotions in check. Being mature means that you will be less likely to be overwhelmed by your own emotions and react in a destructive manner.
2. Taking responsibility for yourself and your actions
People make choices every day and those choices come with consequences. Someone who is mature will take accountability for their actions. You are mature when you actively take care of yourself, your happiness, and the things that get in your way because of your choices.
3. Feeling thankful for what you have
Another trait of a mature person is when you feel grateful for what you have, instead of complaining about what you don’t have. You don’t take things for granted because you appreciate that not everyone is as fortunate.
4. You’re able to accept yourself for who you are.
It is not easy to accept yourself as you are, especially when others keep telling you that you should change. But when you are mature, you embrace who you are and you are confident about yourself. You will feel comfortable with yourself instead of feeling inferior and wanting to please others by being someone you are not.
5. Realizing how much you don’t know
A person cannot possibly know everything, but it takes maturity for someone to realize that there is a lot that they do not know. If you are mature, you will put aside your pride and be willing to learn, even from someone who is younger than you.
6. Being aware and considerate of others
Having compassion is part of being mature. You will think of other people instead of always putting your interests first. Sacrificing for others comes first before pursuing your own desires. When other people are successful, you will celebrate rather than be jealous of them.
7. Being humble and modest
If you are a mature person, you will not let any success go to your head. You will treat people fairly and respectfully no matter what. And you won’t feel the need to promote yourself above others.
8. Showing flexibility
Things don’t always go as planned and to be mature, you will need to be able to adapt to situations and think on your feet. Being stubborn, rigid, sulking, and pointing fingers is only something that immature people do.
9. Being open-minded and not judgmental
You will be open to see things from new perspectives and understand what it’s like being in other people’s shoes. Rather than labeling people who are different from you, you will be willing to try to see where they’re coming from and bridge the gap between you and them.
10. Knowing there is always room to grow and improve
Being mature means you will never be complacent and think that you’re already perfect or too old to grow. You’d believe that there is always room for improvement. Life is about learning and you can always strive to be a better version of yourself.
Which of these qualities do you think you have? Can you name any other qualities you’d need to be considered mature?
Illustrated by Oleg Guta for BrightSide.me