What is mental age?
The mental age describes your age, related to your life circumstances. In contrary to your official age, which is documented in your passport, your mental age depends on your attitude towards life.
Do you listen to your inner child and sometimes lose control? Do you ever jump up and down or sing out loud because you are happy and want everybody to know it?
The mental age is an indicator, that shows how much your inner child influences your life. Your mental age can be affected by social environment, your way of thinking and your lifestyle.
A 12 year old child that needs to take responsibility for itself and its siblings is likely to have a higher mental age than a 12 year old child who has their life organized by their parents. The amount of responsibility that a child assumes can affect their mental age.
Another example is one of an older lady, who stays in contact with many young people. She is open-minded for changes and interested in her own personal development. The lady's mental age could be less than the mental age of a person who is technically younger in years. She stays mentally young through her interest in new things and the courage explore the unknown.
Both scenarios described above are examples of how the mental age of a person can be influenced. Remember it’s a general stereotype to illustrate the point so don’t take it to heart!
Does my mental age refer to my IQ?
There are different opinions about that question. Some people say it depends on the IQ, some say it doesn't. We think everything possible; people with different IQs can have the same mental age. It is also possible, that a person with a higher IQ has an older mental age than an person with a lower IQ and vice versa!
Can I improve my mental age?
Yes, there are several things you can do to reduce your mental age and maintain it. Brain training games like Sudoku keep the mind active and mentally young. There are also several books you can read on the topic. For example, "The Owner's Manual for the Brain: The Ultimate Guide to Peak Mental Performance at All Ages" by Pierce J. Howard. This book provides information and advice of how to improve your mental age.
An open mindset and curiosity towards changes and new inventions are also beneficial. A positive outlook on life and a good attitude towards things that don´t work out how you expected is also helpful. If you actively want to improve your mental age, there are even opportunities to take part in special workshops. A low mental age has a positive effect on your biological age.
Funny, young people appreciate to look grown-up, but older people want to look younger!
Young people are mostly happy if someone guesses that they older than they are really are. Teenagers often want to appear grown up in order to gain respect from adults. Once they are grown up, the whole situation changes. Between the ages of 20 and 30 the human body starts stops growing and starts aging. During this time a youthful appearance often becomes ever more important. A youthful appearance is associated with energy, activity, vitality and fitness. An aged appearance can sometimes be associated with frailness, spiritlessness and disease. The age that we are talking about in this context is the biological age. On the Contrary, the mental age is not visible by looking at a person.
9 tips to stay mentally young:
Be a star in the shower!
Singers tend to be more satisfied with life and have more self-confidence. Statistically they are smarter! So...use your shower head, choose a song and turn your bathroom into a karaoke club!
Make funny faces in the mirror!
Everyone knows: A smile can change your day or even your entire life. But smiling is easy and not really a challenge. Try other expressions and make your friends laugh!
Hug a tree!
The trees in your environment can reach an age of 1000 years...1000 YEARS!! And some trees are getting much older. The next time you see a tree, hug it and be thankful for your double-digit age.
Visit a theme park...
...go directly to the carousel and ride on your favorite horse!
Discover your love for numbers...
...even if math wasn't your favourite lesson in school! We're sure you'll have fun by playing sudoku. As long as you're able to count to nine...
Dance in the rain!
Pull on your rain boots, grab an umbrella and splash in the puddles.
Have a pillow fight!
A fun stress reliever without any pain!
Go to the playground!
Get on the swings like the good old days and try to catch the clouds.
Let your inner child loose now and again!
One of the best things that you can do is to keep your inner child alive. Don't take life too seriously!