Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
The benefits of continued learning include:
Increased mental function
You’ll improve your memory and your ability to learn. Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to change and create new neural pathways throughout a lifetime. To maintain and build neuroplasticity you need to keep using and challenging your brain.
Research shows that people who have a greater sense of purpose and personal growth have lower cortisol levels, an improved immune system and sleep better.
Boredom can lead to self-destruction, overeating, drinking too much alcohol, watching too much TV, negative feelings like hopelessness, etc. Learning provides an alternative to focus your attention on something that is positive and worthwhile.
Improved Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence
Learning is its own intrinsic reward. The immediate feedback it provides increases self-confidence which in turn motivates you to learn more.
Be a better parent, mentor and guide
Using and sharing your new knowledge will make you a better guide.
Happiness can be a fleeting feeling, but the more you experience it the more you’ll feel it and the more you feel it, the more you’ll take actions that lead to a more fulfilling life.
Save the planet
You can use what you learn to help yourself and your family as well as others and the whole planet. By learning self-sufficiency for instance you can save money and reduce your ecological footprint. In the low-carbon world of the future there will be many skills that will help you sustain yourself such as:
- Growing vegetables
- Home maintenance
- Food preserving