5 benefits of continuous learning
ABL, people- always be learning. It’s a really exciting time to be a human, with more easy access to new knowledge than ever before. Online learning platforms have made it so easy to access all kinds of courses from all over the world, at affordable prices. There are no excuses for not constantly acquiring new skills and broadening our horizons.
While there are countless reasons as to why continuous learning is essential in the workplace, creating a culture of learning within our communities, friendship circles and families has tons of benefits too. Learning is good for our health and happiness, and should be a regular part of our lifestyles. Take a look at our 5 top benefits that come from continuous education.
Henry Ford said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” Wise words, Mr. Ford! Brains need to be nourished with challenge, activity and new information to keep them sharp. A brain of any age still produces new cells which aid communication between different parts of the brain and retrieve different information. It’s up to us to give the cells a reason to keep producing! A university of Texas study found that adults who engage in study and mental challenge not only keep their cognitive function fresh, but can actually improve it, too.
There is a certain sense of freedom that comes with acquiring education. When you have certificates and knowledge behind you, there is more opportunity in front of you. More options= more freedom to choose what you want- hooray!
Learning opens the mind and broadens perspectives. By broadening our minds, we are able to access new ideas to inspire us. By reading books, taking online courses, going to classes, watching documentaries and more, we have the world at our fingertips, just waiting for us to explore. By stepping into new spaces through any form of education, we open ourselves up to being inspired by possibilities we did not previously know existed, or by things we absolutely love that we didn’t even know of before. Behind every lesson and every bit of information, there is the possibility of inspiration waiting to fill us up.
Education not only improves the amount of value you can add to the world, but it’s also a gesture of worth towards yourself. Investing in education is an act of valuing yourself. By the same token, it’s also a way to value others. Treating someone to a class or buying them a course is a great way to show family and friends that you value them. E-learning vouchers are the new spa-day gift cards #justsaying.
Confidence is one of the foundations of success. Expertise are a great confidence boost! The more skills and knowledge we have behind us, the more capable we feel of taking on challenges. This confidence in ourselves also builds resilience, which is a must to thrive in our ever-changing, fast-paced, highly competitive world.
Investing in a little learning- whether it’s your first yoga class or an online certification from Harvard, it’s always going to set you up for success and do wonders for the health of your brain and your self-perception. So let the love of learning shine on in to your personal life, your family, and your community.