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Learning a New Skill is Good for Your Mental Health

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Learning is Good For You


The global pandemic has impacted the world significantly. It has changed the way we work, the way we learn and it has also encouraged more and more people to learn new skills. One of the major positive outcomes of the pandemic has been having the additional time to reflect and learn new things. To work on personal and professional development, and work towards becoming greater versions of ourselves.

The truth is, learning a new skill can actually benefit you in many ways. In this article, we are going to focus on the mental health benefits of learning something new.

Here are some of the benefits of learning a new skill:

Studies suggest that adults need to stimulate their minds more as they grow older. Learning a difficult skill or undertaking a challenging task can enhance cognitive ability and slow down the ageing process.

Improves Memory and Brain Health


Learning a new skill is beneficial for memory and brain health because it literally transforms the brain. It boosts cognitive ability by increasing brain cell production and building fresh neural pathways.

When you make a conscious effort to learn, it actually slows down the ageing process. Taking on a new class or course could be one of the ways that you can keep your brain healthy as you age.

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Improves Health and Wellbeing


Gaining knowledge boosts self-confidence and increases the overall feeling of happiness. Science indicates that lifelong learning can enhance your mental wellbeing because it gives your life purpose and meaning.

The idea of purposeful living is prominent in Japan as they believe in a specific life concept called Ikigai, which literally translates as “Reason to live.” When you have a purpose in your life, you feel happier, healthier and more confident.

Connection with Others

When you join a course or club, you foster new connections and build fresh relationships that can also enhance your cognitive ability and improve your overall health and happiness. Spending time with like-minded people is excellent for your mental health and human connection is necessary for your overall wellbeing.

Generally, learning a new skill is an effective way to improve your brain health, enhance your memory and boost your mental health, happiness and self-confidence. Enrolling in a new course or joining a class to refresh old skills is a good place to start if you want to improve your mental health.


Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 27, 2021:

Mental health is important as well as physical health. Your points are valuable and useful.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 27, 2021:

I learn something new each day, and enjoy answering quizzes, it is a way to keep my mental health in good form. I enjoy learning to keep my my mind occupied. You make good points and mental health is important as well as physical health.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on April 26, 2021:

I fill each day with learning something new. I guess this has always been a passion of mine. Good article!

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