Learning is a great thing. We as humans are where we are today because we have the ability to learn new things. Unfortunately, most people stop learning at a certain age.
In school you probably hated learning, like 99% of the kids did, but that just because in school we were forced to learn. Kids have a natural curiosity to learn new things. After all, that’s how we develop.
Learning has so many positive effects, that you should really think about, no matter what age you are, how you can learn something each day.
One of my favorite quotes is from Charlie Munger, a self-made billionaire, and according to Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft, “one of the smartest people on the planet”.
He said: “I constantly see people rise in life who are not the smartest, sometimes not even the most diligent, but they are learning machines. They go to bed every night a little wiser than they were when they got up and boy does that help, particularly when you have a long run ahead of you.…so if civilization can progress only with an advanced method of the invention, you can progress only when you learn the method of learning.”
If you still don’t believe me, read on.
Research suggests that learning will prevent the decline of your mental abilities. Know how Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise? Lifelong learning might prevent that for you.
Besides that, scientists found out that people who keep on learning after childhood and adolescence have a better ability to cope with stress and I guess you know by now how important it is to handle stress properly!
Learning could also help you meet new friends and interact with more people on a regular basis. Friends and social interaction is also very important for your health and learning new things might help you build those connections.
People who belong to the “learning group” also tend to report a higher self-esteem, purpose in their life, more hope and, in general, a higher well-being.
Learning doesn’t have to be boring. You’re not in school anymore, remember? You can learn whatever you want?
Want to learn to cook. Great! Want to learn an instrument? Awesome! Wanted to learn Chinese? Knock yourself out!
You could also revive old hobbies of yours that you haven’t been able to follow for a long time.
Learning is one of the best things to do and the possibilities are endless. There are so many resources, whether it’s books, online courses or even 1 on 1 teaching.
Go out there and learn something new every day. Not only will you stop your mental health from declining, but you will also feel and live better.
Steps to take:
- Find a topic you’re really interested in.
- Search for online courses. (Most of them are free).
- Enroll & start learning.