Kamis, 25 Agustus 2011

The Benefits of Lifelong Learning

As we grow older we understand the importance of what we need to do to enjoying a long and healthy life but we often forget to take into consideration the role that learning plays into our well being.
We are not only talking about academic learning but learning in all aspects of our lives. From learning a new language, how to make a quilt or taking up a new sport.
Every new opportunity is a chance to grow and evolve in all areas of our lives and by taking on new challenges; we are expanding our comfort zone. By doing so we are increasing our energy, our happiness, and our overall health.
By keeping our brains active we are decreasing the chances of age related illness and gaining a better of quality of life.

Age is Relative
By living with the motto "you're never too old to learn" we are continuously taking steps to keeping our mental and physical selves mobile. By working our brains we are essentially keeping ourselves young. And the best news yet, is that no matter what age we start, we can reap the rewards in any number of ways.
An increase in self confidenceImprovement in memoryBetter hand-eye coordinationImproved balanceImproved social skillsReduction of stressImproved outlook on life
Most importantly, when deciding on a new project or taking on a new skill, we are in effect working with the "use it or lose it" mentality. We are gaining strength and are becoming fit from the inside out by providing stimulation for our brains and action for our bodies. And the earlier we begin this habit of tackling new challenges, the better able we are of keeping this behavior ongoing throughout the rest of our lives.

Resources to Consider
Check out the community centers and local colleges in your area for courses that appeal to you. Look in your local newspapers for groups and classes that will get you out of the house and into a new social circle.
Encourage a friend to join with you as an added bonus of fun and friendship. If transportation or mobility is a problem, then sign up for online courses that offer class participation.
There are many ways to keep the learning throughout your life and the benefits are far reaching. Regardless of your personal choices, the important thing is to keep the right attitude.
By adopting a lifelong learning mentality, we have the ability to keep your physical and mental health in the best shape possible and increase our sense of happiness in the process.

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