Love to Learn

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

Learning new skills — especially complex ones like language and music — changes the physical structure of the brain. The stimulation of learning causes new neural pathways to form and adds myelin coating around neurons, leading to faster and more robust signaling throughout the entire central nervous system.

Other benefits of learning a new skill are:

  • Staving off boredom
  • Boosting confidence and mood
  • Increasing adaptability to life’s inevitable changes

Not to mention that you get to reap the benefits of what you sow. This is especially true if your new skill is gardening! But maybe you’ve always wanted to try bird watching? Wood working? Memoir writing? Acting? Be sure to choose something that you will find enjoyable and fulfilling, and know that health benefits will follow.

For me, it was SCUBA. What do you plan to learn this year?

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