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Health Benefits of Life-Long Learning

Engaging in new challenges and learning experiences can help reduce stress and anxiety by providing a sense of accomplishment and purpose, as well as boosting self-confidence and improving cognitive function.

We know that eating right and exercising is important for our health. But did you know that learning something new could be good for your health too?

Learning something new challenges your brain and stimulates the connections between brain cells. Research has now proven that new connections can be created. These connections help to keep your brain healthy, which has a positive impact on your overall health.

The act of learning something new goes beyond acquiring knowledge: it also has important psychological effects. It can enhance self-esteem and confidence, broaden our perspectives, sharpen critical thinking skills and ignite a sense of self-discovery. By embracing lifelong learning, we unlock the potential to continually grow as individuals.

Learning from others helps us to make social connections, and can create opportunities for community involvement, both of which are important for emotional health.

You don’t have to enroll yourself in a lengthy class to reap the benefits of learning. Here are some accessible ways to expand your knowledge:


  • Volunteer at work to learn something new in your field.


  • Utilize online resources during your downtime to watch educational videos from reputable platforms like Ted-Ed, Crash Course, Grammar Girl, HowStuffWorks, Numberphile. These platforms cover a wide range of subjects and offer engaging video content.


  •  Explore local educational institutions: Many school districts, colleges and universities offer in-person classes, workshops and online courses. For example, Harvard Medical School offers a class on Cognitive Fitness, providing valuable insights in improving and maintaining your cognitive health.


  • Take a class or workshop at your local park district or community center.


  • Head to the library and check out something new! Borrow books on subjects that interest you and embark on a journey of intellectual growth.


Challenging yourself with new knowledge and experiences can help you surpass the limitations you may have placed on yourself. It equips you with the skills to adapt to a rapidly changing world, advance your career, and keep your brain engaged for long-term cognitive health!