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Understanding mischievous minds

Mischievous

Mischievous characters aren’t often come across when we’re adults, especially as we get older, but they’re everywhere and of all ages. Your playful side might have been left behind in the playground (or not!) but you can’t say the same for every grown-up. In the most ordinary of offices, calmest of cafes, and homely of households, there are pranksters, jokers and rebels amongst us.

It’s worth understanding how the mischievous mind works because they’re a type of person to appreciate, more than you’d think.

They don’t care what you think
The first thing to realise is telling them to stop, showing annoyance with them and generally having a disapproving opinion of them will have no effect. The mischievous mind doesn’t take life seriously enough to be bothered what other people think of them. Life is for enjoying, and enjoy it they will! They don’t do things to please others’ standards, but to bring smiles to people’s faces, and we can learn a thing or two from their high self-esteem and lack of pretence. With mischief comes a strength of character.

They can help you relax
Sometimes being surrounded by overly serious people in overly serious settings can be dull for the soul. We become consumed by our responsibilities, but a bit of mischief can help us forget about them momentarily. Playful adults tend to have a healthier work-life balance and know when to leave stress behind. Keeping the company of a mischievous mind can be some respite from the daily grind.

Boredom
It stands to reason that a mischievous mind gets bored very easily. They want interesting conversations, games, novelty and excitement, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You can use their boredom to test if something is becoming outdated or if things need to be improved wherever you are.

Thinking outside the box
Mischief requires creativity, because that’s how to earn the plaudits. If they want to impress and show off, they need to think of things no-one has done before. Channelling this determination to innovate and shock into something productive can be of great benefit to any workplace. The other option is to find the mischief in you: What outrageously brilliant things can you imagine and bring to life?

They’re attractive
Mischief, and playfulness in general, is often considered to be an attractive quality in a long-term partner [5 Lessons in Love from Long Term Marriages]. People tend to appreciate someone who makes their life exciting, keeps them guessing and can be spontaneous, as it makes a relationship more desirable to commit to. Mischief also lends itself well to flirtation, so they might be better at wooing you too.

Of course, everyone has their downfalls. Even if you’re in a wonderful mood, tireless pranking can be annoying. Spontaneity and jokes can also be inappropriate and damaging in certain situations and events. What we can learn from mischievous minds is to be less concerned with others and be encouraged to be ourselves without caring. With one life to live, it’s not worth being too conscious of other people’s opinions.

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This article was contributed by Pink Moods.