It’s not the first time I’ve heard the term “lifelong learning”. What exactly does lifelong learning mean and what are its benefits?
I found the following 10 benefits of lifelong learning: 1) Improvements in physical and mental health, 2) Improve the quality of your career, 3) Opportunity to begin a new career, 4) Learn life skills, 5) Become a good role model for your kids/siblings, 6) Enhance the quality of your life, 7) Prevents boredom, 8) Better sleep, 9) Boosts self-confidence, 10) Gives us perspective
Let’s take a detailed look at the 10 in a bit more detail.
Improvements in physical and mental health.
A learner who takes the time and trouble to read up on nutrition is likely to make better food choices which should result in a better diet, leading to better health. The mind is a muscle that needs to be exercised just like the physical body.
As we age, our mind is likely to slow down. If we give it exercise by researching, reading, just keeping it busy in a good way, we can end up delaying awful diseases such as Alzheimer’s, which is unfortunately age related. And none of us are getting any younger!
Improve the quality of your career
When we’re in a job, our pay and our value to our employer will depend on how efficiently we do our tasks and how we use our initiative.
An employee who is keen to learn new things and applies their new knowledge to their job is bound to be more valued than someone who sticks with the same old knowledge and skills. This would improve chances of promotion and possibly result in increased wages.
Start a new career
If a person is unhappy with their current career but have the ability and willingness to learn new skills which can be applied to a new career, they should make the switch. The person’s desire to learn must be there for the switch to happen.
Learn life skills
A person willing to learn can accomplish something they didn’t know before such as cooking or driving. No one is born with skills. People learn skills throughout their lifetime in order to improve their lives.
Learning is always linked to improvement and moving forward. A lack of learning is linked to stagnation, standing still, a closed mind, a dead end life. And no one wants that.
Become a good role model for your kids/siblings
If you as an individual are constantly learning and evolving, constantly improving yourself and moving onto better things, you will find that your dependents, be they your kids or your siblings, will be inspired to do the same as they will see you as an excellent role model.
They will want to be just like you, they will mirror that same learning ethic and hopefully exceed your achievements. And when your own kids or siblings do better than you did, it’s a wonderful thing!
Enhance the quality of your life
Human beings are born curious and hungry for knowledge. We get deep satisfaction and an awesome sense of well-being by learning skills and life hacks that make our lives easier. And when we share our new found knowledge with those we love, it makes us feel happier and on top of the world because we helped someone improve their life.
A person who is constantly learning new skills, knowledge and life hacks is less likely to suffer from that condition known as boredom. I wish I knew what it was!
I remember from my childhood, my teachers would say “the devil makes work for idle hands”. I would argue that “the devil moves into an idle mind”.
A bored individual is more likely to make poor, ill thought through decisions with often unfortunate repercussions. A person who is constantly learning is keeping their body and mind in motion and is more likely to make better informed choices and decisions. They certainly won’t suffer from boredom!
When a person who enjoys learning and living their new found knowledge and skills goes to sleep, their quality of sleep is likely to be better than the sleep of someone who has not exercised their mind. The brain is a muscle that has to be exercised.
When we don’t use the muscles in our body regularly, they become tight and rusty through disuse. It is the same for the brain and the brain too requires exercise in order to function well and remain healthy.
By reading, learning new life skills, watching self-help videos, we increase our store of knowledge and this increases our self-confidence.
With increased self confidence we can tackle any obstacles, nothing is too difficult for us. We become capable and the world soon knows it.
Gives us perspective
As we move through our lives, we all look back on it with a range of emotions, from sadness and regret to joy and love. A person whose brain is attuned to the rhythm of lifelong learning is more likely to be philosophical regarding the past.
They are less likely to be traumatised by bad relationships or work experience because they will have constantly been learning and adapting to their life changes. They will have improved the bad situations and capitalised on the good they have achieved. And the ability to do this comes from a desire to learn throughout life. This is what we call lifelong learning.
The world is changing so fast that it seems almost impossible to keep up. If you don’t keep adding to your skill set or knowledge bank, the fear is that you will be left behind.
There are so many advantages to being a lifelong learner, I have only covered some of the benefits and there are many, many more. Learning is living and when you stop learning, you’re as good as dead anyway.
Get maximum mileage out of your life, strive to learn something new constantly; a new language, a new dish, a new hobby, a new life. Learning energises the heart, mind and soul of a person, making them contented and so very alive!
So get learning!