Lifelong learning is when a person of any age keeps the mind and body engaged by actively pursuing knowledge and experience. This type of active engagement can do more than just make you smarter.
Lifelong learning has many incredible health benefits!
How Our Brain Changes as We Age
As the years go by, both our bodies and our minds are aging, As a matter of fact, certain parts of our brain shrink as we age, reducing our memory, learning capacity and problem-solving skills.
Our neurons and neurotransmitters may be reduced, which also affects memory in addition to concentration, mood and physical movement.
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
Fortunately, we do have some control over how strongly we’re affected by the aging process, and one of the controls we have is continuous learning.
How Acquiring Knowledge is Good for Your Health (And Your Mind!)
Lifelong learning and the learning of new skills is vital to brain health. Studies have shown that to benefit your brain the most, as you age, you must participate in things that keep your mind engaged and challenge the way you think.
Learning challenges you to move out of the comfortable, expand your knowledge, and encourages you to think strategically and critically. In addition, this type of learning helps your brain to build new neurons and new neuron connections.
Continuing your education can be the elixir you’re searching for to bring you a healthy body and mind all through adulthood and even a longer life. According to Where You Live Matters, lifelong learning is essential to intellectual wellness, a key factor in living and aging well.
An active mind throughout your life can help you live longer and healthier. What’s stopping you from embracing lifelong learning? What new thing will you learn before this year is over?
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Originally published August 10, 2017