Do you set aside time each day to learn something new?
Once we finish school, many of us stop going out of our way to gain new knowledge. But whether it's through reading a book, listening to a podcast, or collaborating with others, intentional learning is something all of us should be making time for.
Here are five of the most important reasons you should prioritize learning new things every day.
1. Keep Your Brain Healthy Regularly learning new things can actually change your brain's physical makeup. Regular practice of new skills can [url=https://lifehacker.com/the-science-of-practice-what-happens-when-you-learn-a-510255025]increase the density[/url] of white matter in your brain, which improves your ability to learn and perform tasks.
And as you age, keeping your brain active can also help stave off dementia.
2. Have Fun Many of us associate learning with a boring, structured school environment. But learning new skills and knowledge doesn't have to revolve around homework and test grades. It should be an avenue for you to have fun exploring new things and engage your curiosity.
Having fun is one of the secrets to lifelong learning. If you look forward to practicing a new skill, you're more likely to stick with it consistently.
3. Gain New Skills Have you ever wanted to learn [url=https://ecovue.com.au/news/3-double-glazed-window-myths-debunked]how to make double glazed windows[/url], restore an antique car, or have a conversation in another language? These are great goals to have, but they take time to accomplish.
According to [url=https://www.forbes.com/sites/danschawbel/2012/11/13/robert-greene-how-to-become-the-master-of-any-skill/#261c8c41a23d]author Robert Greene[/url], becoming a master of any craft requires two things: desire and time. The desire part is easy to come by, but the time—10,000 hours, by his estimates—is what sets masters apart from amateurs.
Even if you're not trying to become a master of your chosen skill, start by carving out 30 minutes to an hour per day to work on it. You'll find that consistency helps you pick up new skills quickly, and before you know it, you'll be able to pass your knowledge on to others.
4. Make Connections Learning is more fun with other people! If you struggle to stay motivated, use your daily learning as an opportunity to make new connections. Consider joining a local book club or [url=https://www.givology.org/get-involved/volunteer/]volunteer group[/url] in your area of interest, and use your newfound knowledge as a conversation topic when meeting people for the first time.
5. Understand the World Around You If we're honest with ourselves, most of us don't have a great understanding of how the world works outside of our country's borders (or even, at times, within them). Your daily learning time is the perfect opportunity to [url=https://www.givology.org/~givologystaff/blog/647165/]educate yourself[/url] on economic, cultural, political, and scientific topics. Make sure to get your information from diverse, reliable sources and listen to multiple voices on the subject.
Make Time for Learning New Things Every Day Learning new things is one of the best gifts you can give yourself every day. Not only does it help your mental, social, and physical well-being, but it's also an easy way to learn valuable skills.
Want to pay it forward and provide the gift of learning to others around the world? Consider volunteering with Givology.
We connect people with grassroots educational programs and student scholarships across the globe, and you can make a difference in as little as five minutes per day. [url=https://www.givology.org/giv-now/]Click here[/url] to get involved!
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