The pursuit of learning should not stop just because school has ended. In fact, there are many good reasons to continue learning – even if it is only one small thing each day. An anonymous person once infamously said that “a day in which nothing is learned is a day wasted”. These six reasons to never stop learning will speak to the truth of that statement.
1: Fights Alzheimer’s
Studies have shown that people with higher levels of education or who pursued further certifications have a lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease when they get older. The theory is that the more you use your brain, the healthier it is. Although it has not been as thoroughly studied, there is a good chance this applies to other disorders, such as dementia, also.
2: Makes You More Money
It is understood that people who have higher degrees earn a lot more money than those who only have high school diplomas. In fact, they will make anywhere between half to three-quarters of a million more during their lifetime depending on how advanced a degree they earned.
But it is not only those with doctorates who reap the benefits of extra income. People who continually learn throughout their lives, including receiving simple certifications, have the potential to earn an amount totaling around a quarter million more during their working lives.
3: Increases Happiness
People who know more tend to be happier. In addition to fighting anxiety and having more friends as mentioned below, they also have more interests. Interests lead to hobbies, and hobbies make people much happier.
The only downside is that those with a constant hunger for knowledge tend to have short-lived hobbies versus lifelong hobbies, although this is not always the case. Many develop strong passions that last throughout their lifetimes.
4: Fights Anxiety
One of the most common causes of anxiety is a fear of the unknown. When someone does not understand what is happening around them or to them, their brain’s fight or flight response is triggered. If this occurs often or for prolonged periods of time, it results in a well-defined anxiety disorder or sometimes depression.
Therefore, it seems only natural that by knowing more a person would have less anxiety. With a solid understanding of the things around them people are naturally more secure.
5: Promotes Stronger Social Skills
People who continually learn have more to talk about. They do not suffer from an inability to start interesting conversations, and as such, they tend to develop many more friends. It is not so much they are better, but more that they take advantage of more opportunities to socialize.
6: Boosts Confidence
Knowledge is power, and with that power comes an exceptionally large boost in confidence. Those who pursue knowledge are confident when speaking of something they know, as well as doing something they have learned about. This confidence comes with an increase in appropriate risk-taking behaviors which could lead to more job promotions and better opportunities across the board.