Learning something new isn’t always easy, and can seem to take a lot of your energy. On the other hand, it’s been proven that learning new things benefits your brain in the following ways:
1- Learning Programs the Brain
According to Psychology Today, learning is actually the way that your brain gets “programmed”. Think of it like this: when your computer needs an update, you download new software. This download is similar to learning something new. When you learn new things, your brain updates itself, clears out bugs and becomes better than before. So why wouldn’t you want a brain running “on the latest program”?
2- Keeps Dementia Away
Another major thing that learning accomplishes is to keep your brain running in tip-top shape. According to Healthline, when your brain is properly exercised, you are less likely to suffer from atrophic conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia. (These can occur not just in older people, but also younger people.) Like the muscles in your body, the brain needs to be ‘worked out’ regularly. If it isn’t, it will begin to atrophy. So, don’t let your brain atrophy—commit to learning new things every day.
3- Adjusts to Change Better
Change can be a hard part of life, but it’s something that everyone must learn to deal with at some point or another. The good news is that the more you learn new things, the easier it is for your brain to accept change. This is because, by becoming familiar with unfamiliar subjects, learning helps you get used to stepping outside of your comfort zone. So, if you are one of those people who struggle with change, you should probably start learning something new.
4- Allows You to Learn Faster
The coolest thing about your brain is that the more frequently you learn new things, the faster your brain learns. This means that learning new things in your free time can help other aspects of your life.
When you are learning, important changes take place in your brain, including the creation of new connections between your neurons. This phenomenon is called neuroplasticity, which involves the ability of your brain to change.
Say you take a pottery class on the weekends; chances are, this learning will transfer to making it easier to learn new things in your work environment. And, who doesn’t want to learn faster than they did before?
In conclusion: Learning new things can be a challenge, but it is a necessary part of life. Learning new things helps program your brain and keeps dementia away as you age. Learning also makes it easier for you to accept change, and you’ll begin to learn even faster, benefiting all aspects of your life. So embrace new things and start making it your goal to learn something every day!
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