It is said that you learn something new every day. Can you point to something you learned today? How about yesterday… or the day before? If you can honestly answer “yes,” then good for you! If you answered “no,” or struggled to find something meaningful, then perhaps you are not putting forth enough effort. Just like your muscles, your brain will atrophy without stimulation. And without the stimulation that learning provides, it is easy to let your thoughts and mental acuity stagnate. In addition to the mental health benefits of learning, it also makes life that much more enjoyable and interesting. Learning should be not an activity that ends when you complete high school or college. On the contrary, it should be a lifelong endeavor.
Learning needn’t be a tedious chore or an unwanted distraction from your daily routines. Make time to learn something new each day, and watch it make a big difference in your life. Inject a little creativity into how you can make learning fun. If you enjoy interactive learning, you may want to investigate the course offerings of your local community college. If time is a serious constraint, you can multitask by downloading a podcast on an interesting subject from iTunes U and listening to it when you’re at the gym. If you enjoy spontaneous learning, visit Wikipedia each day to click on the Random Article link. If you want your learning to have practical applications, download recipes from from allrecipes.com or other websites to improve your cooking skills. The possibilities are endless. No matter how you choose to go about it, making the nonstop pursuit of knowledge a daily habit will improve the quality of your life substantially.