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. There are many other health benefits, too!
How Acquiring Knowledge is Good for Your Health (And Your Mind!)
Lifelong learning will help keep your body and mind healthy. Here’s what happens as the brain ages:
- Certain parts of the brain shrink and your memory, learning capacity and problem-solving skills can diminish
- Your neurons and neurotransmitters may be reduced which affect memory, concentration, mood and physical movement
- Brain blood flow can reduce, inflammation can occur and plaque may build.
“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.” –Henry Ford
Here’s what we’re getting at: a healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body. Lifelong learning is vital to brain health. No matter what your age, learning something new will help to shape your brain throughout your entire life. It challenges you to move out of the comfortable, expand your knowledge, and learn how to think strategically and critically.
In addition, if you read just a little bit every day, it can dramatically reduce your stress levels. It can also delay the onset of Alzheimer’s, therefore significantly improving the quality of life. Continuing your education can be the elixir you’re searching for that can bring you a healthy body and mind all through adulthood and even a longer life.
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