Animals are wonderful creatures whose attributes can serve as great lessons for humans to learn from.
Here are some attributes of the elephant that can be cultivated in our daily lives.
Smiling and laughter: Elephants show humour, co-operation, self-awareness and playfulness. There is nothing wrong with being emotionally honest. Try as much as possible to smile always and laugh often. Laughter is happiness and has a way of not just robbing off on you but also on others who are around you.
Elephants are always together because they understand the power of showing and keeping those they love
Holding hands (or trunks) and hugs
Elephants frequently touch and caress one another and make contact by entwining their trunks. Touch is a very powerful force. Every once in a while, everyone needs a good hug. You should not hesitate to offer someone a hug or even receive one.
Family bond: Family time is the most important time. Research has it that elephants have strong connection to their family, particularly female elephants. They entirely live with the herd that they are born into. You could see a family that all their females are related. The males stay until they are about twelve years old. Baby elephants and their mothers are in constant touch. Family is important in the society. Whether related by blood or not, those you call family should be valued. Whether you live at home, far away, or travel constantly, give your family a call or spend some actual time with them. Sometimes you just need some quality best friend time to ground you.
Creativity: Lucy Moore said “Elephants are creative and imaginative animals- and have been captured working with humans to generate something creative on many an occasion”. Creativity distinguishes one from the crowd. Do something extraordinary in any task given.
Team work: Elephants have high level of team work. Its matriarchal system makes their team work effective. They know when another elephant needs an assistance, especially the young ones.
Compassion: Elephants are compassionate animals. Research shows that they show compassion to those both in their herd and those outside their herd. They also show compassion to humans. They console other elephants who looses their young ones. They do this by gathering themselves amongst the bereaved animal. They also help the young females to deliver their first child.
As humans, we can learn to be more compassionate to people around us. It goes a long way into making you and the other person feel better. We can show compassion to those who actually do not deserve it.