Keep learning

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Why is the sky blue? Why? Why? Why?’ For children, every facet of the world represents an opportunity to learn. Well, it turns out we should hold onto that child-like curiosity, with research demonstrating it’s important for people of all ages and life stages to keep learning for happiness, health and wellbeing.

Learning new things can boost our self-confidence and self-esteem, and help us to find meaning and purpose in life. It’s a great way to keep your brain active and healthy for a long and busy life. And in a world that is changing faster than ever, there are so many opportunities to learn, and that includes outside of the workplace and school. No idea how to use Snapchat? Cryptic crosswords got you puzzled? Is there a new recipe calling you? Approach the world with curiosity and look for small opportunities to keep learning.

Did you know?

The adult brain is capable of rewiring itself well into middle age, incorporating decades of experiences and behaviours. Research suggests that during middle age, our minds are calmer, less neurotic and better able to navigate social situations.

How to keep learning:

  • Mix it up. Something as simple as changing the route you take on your walk to work, or going for a jog along a new path, challenges the established pathways in your brain.

  • Parlez-vous français? Learning a new language is a fun and effective way to broaden your mind. You could also watch a foreign film without the subtitles and see how much you can pick up about what’s going on just by using your brain differently.

  • Set yourself a goal. Taking on a new responsibility at work, or tackling your grandma’s famous trifle recipe, will teach you new things and help build your confidence.

  • Read up on how challenging a fixed mindset can help you to keep learning and how to set goals like a boss.

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today"- Malcom X

What can I do now?

  • Learn more about supporting students.

  • Teach students about study stress.

  • Create a supportive learning environment in the classroom.