Sunday, December 6, 2015

Happiness and Learning

Most people strive to be happy.  We look for ways to reduce stress and improve our overall wellbeing.  It is a well-know fact that living well (i.e., eating right, keeping our bodies active, getting enough sleep) contributes to positive feelings. Did you know that learning can increase happiness as well?  Studies show that adults who continue to learn are much less likely to develop symptoms of dementia or memory loss (Duljovic, 2015).  It’s also a great way to meet new friends and develop new relationships.

So, this holiday season, consider giving the gift of learning experiences!  Art classes, foreign language tutorials, sewing lessons, or a membership to the gym would be great gifts.  For the New Year, consider challenging yourself with a new goal.  Last year, I made it a goal to improve my horse-riding skills by changing my fitness regimen to include balance and stretching exercises.  This lead to an interest in yoga, which became another goal! 

Have fun picking your new adventure or gifting one to others.  Tis the season!

Valerie J Connor, MA CCC-SLP, CHES

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