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Why Learn Something New Everyday?

Posted by Dr. Donna Restivo on Jan 19, 2019 5:32:00 AM

In Health Tips, mental health

We’ve all heard the age-old saying “You learn something new every single day.” Whether it is true or not, it is proven that learning something new each day will benefit you in a multitude of ways. Here are a few reasons why it is good to expand your mind and commit to adding something new to your box of know-how’s every single day.

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1.     Knowledge is power. The more you know, the more prepared you are to tackle a variety of different things. When we commit to learning something new, we naturally gain more knowledge which will inevitably increase your ability to achieve more things in life. 

2.     Stress reduction. We could all benefit from reducing stress levels in our everyday life. When you learn a new hobby, you break away from your normal behavior patterns, which gives your brain something to focus on besides the daily worries that you have grown so accustomed to. 

3.     Me time. While it may sound selfish to some, when you take time alone to learn a new hobby or skill, you are giving yourself some much-needed alone time. Keep in mind that it is not selfish, and you need this time to recharge and get back to your family feeling refreshed and revived.

4.     Confidence builder. There are definitely good feelings associated with learning something new and when we succeed at learning a new task or hobby, our confidence levels grow, and we are more apt to tackle another project or hobby.

5.     Build connections. If you aim to learn a new skill that involves a classroom or group setting, then you will be immersed in a sea of potential friendships. It’s key that we continue to build connections in today’s electronic world, which can sometimes leave us with more alone time than we want. Connecting with others is necessary for the well-being of our mental health.

6.     Quality of life. Learning provides us with an escape and can be a great source of happiness when you need it. By learning something new, you will set yourself up for the future and arm yourself with a new skill that you can always fall back on for your well-being and entertainment.

7.     Excitement. Whether it’s a new pair of shoes or a new hobby…there is something exciting about that feeling of the unknown. Maybe you are thinking about how you will look wearing those shoes with a certain outfit, or maybe you are getting a thrill from perfecting that new dance move that you’ve been working on. Learning something new is fun and rewarding and will keep you feeling youthful. 

 


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