Learning new skills can be useful, but research shows it can also improve our mental wellbeing. People who carry on learning after childhood report higher wellbeing and a greater ability to cope with stress. They also report more feelings of self-esteem, hope and purpose. Learning often involves interacting with other people and this can also increase our wellbeing by helping us build and strengthen social relationships.
It doesn’t have to mean getting more qualifications. There are lots of different ways to bring learning into your life.
Why not try learn something new today? Here are some ideas:
- Sign up for a class
- Read a book
- Do a crossword or Sudoku
- Research something you’ve always wondered about
- Learn a new language
- Take up a hobby that challenges you
Broadening our minds helps us gain insight into life, ourselves, and the world around us, which are all good things for our mental wellbeing.
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