Friday, August 15, 2014
YOUR LIFE A-Z: LEARN
It is never too late for this important word. It has been proven that people who choose to discover interesting things to LEARN all throughout his/her lifespan are happier, healthier and keep the brain engaged building new pathways. New pathways in the brain require the brain to use its plasticity that it is biologically wired to do which can help keep dementia and Alzheimer’s disease at bay. But more importantly than that LEARNING something new keeps boredom at bay. Boredom leads to overeating, laziness, too much drinking, and other brain dulling activities until one day you wake up and say, “OMG, I am a coach potato.” In this fast paced very technological society that you live in, you have many opportunities at your fingertips to LEARN something new everyday. Crossword puzzles become more animated by playing the game words with friends which keeps the brain working and engaged. However, to LEARN something new such as a new language, how to play a musical instrument, or a new sport can be intimidating. That is normal for everyone so don't let emotional intimidation keep you in the corner of life. Don’t compare yourself to others and his/her abilities. Focus on your self and choose to LEARN something new that will be a bit intimidating. It will be a good challenge for your self-esteem to get a workout too, while you LEARN. Enjoy the fact that you are able to LEARN and let yourself explore many opportunities to LEARN. Even LEARN to cook a new recipe for dinner.