British author Tim Lebbon probably said it best when he said, “Humans crave knowledge, and when that craving ends, we are no longer human.” Your brain doesn’t stop evolving when you finish school, and the thirst for knowledge does not dissipate. But it’s not just our brains that benefit from lifelong learning.
In fact, continuing to learn throughout your life can be incredibly beneficial for your career, and your mental and physical health.
Here are four surprising health benefits of lifelong learning.
4 Surprising Ways that Learning Keeps Us Healthy
One: It Keeps Your Brain Healthy
Of all the health benefits of lifelong learning, this one is particularly important.
When we age, certain parts of our brains shrink and our memory, learning capacity, and problem-solving skills can start to diminish. Our neurons and neurotransmitters may be reduced, which can impact our memory, concentration, and mood.
However, there is good news.
According to a study by University of California, Irvine, continuing education is good for our brains.
It keeps brain cells working at optimum levels, which can limit age-associated cognitive and memory decline.
So, stimulate your brains with continual learning in a variety of forms. Our brain’s synapses will continue to perform well as long as we are acquiring more knowledge.
Two: Reduces Stress Levels
Lifelong learning is great for managing the physical and emotional symptoms of stress.
An intellectually stimulating lifestyle was found to reduce stress in executives by 68%.
The study showed that stimulating the brain resulted in a drop in stress-related hormones, a better sense of control, and reduced anxiety.
When we are less stressed, we not only perform better in our professional lives, but our personal lives, too.
Three: Encourages Healthier Social Life
Humans are social creatures.
We crave interaction, and learning new skills is a great way to open up new social possibilities.
It enables us to interact with people we might not have otherwise encountered.
Experimenting with new ideas encourages us to interact more with our friends family, colleagues, and even with strangers–it encourages us to take risks, adjust, and adapt as we go.
Learning sparks social engagement, which leads to feeling healthy and happier in all aspects of our lives.
Four: Enhances Motivation, Creativity, and Innovation
When we introduce new skills and information into our daily life, we give ourselves an opportunity to open our minds and appreciate new opportunities.
As a result, lifelong learning fuels our creativity and our innovative drive. It fuels our curiosity and allows us to explore the things we are passionate about.
In addition, it fills us with a renewed sense of purpose, and spurs us towards problem-solving action.
Lifelong learning can take many forms. One of the easiest ways to invite new skills into your life is through continuing education.
Achieving the health benefits of lifelong learning just got easier… and less expensive!
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- Physical therapy
- Real estate
- And more!
Check out The CEU Group today and add “saving money” to your benefits of lifelong learning.
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Originally published December 28, 2018