We’ve all heard how important it is to be a life long learner, and how continuing to challenge and engage our intellect has benefits that range from improving critical thinking skills, enhancing curiosity, improving your mind’s ability to synthesize and analyze ideas, and even neurological stimulation that could help keep you sharp as you age.
A commitment to thinking and learning reflects a person who is willing to be creative, and is tolerant of opinions other than her own. So thinking can help promote positive connecting, inasmuch as it leads to being open-minded and willing to try new things. We consider the thinking element of the wheel as a ay you engage with and connect to the larger world around you, and we believe that thinking is not only a way to wellness, but a great skill in life.
We can think of many great “thinkers” in the world: philosophers, artists, writers, inventors, scientists, and while you might not be on an Einsteinian path, we believe that everyone should exercise their mind and intellect, no matter what your path. Even for those of us who won’t ever create a new quantum theory or write a philosophy textbook , the thinking dimension of the Wellness Wheel can help us be our best. Check out the benefits of lifelong learning and intellectual stimulation:
- Engages and energizes your mind and your mental faculties.
- Develops alertness and preparedness to use critical thinking in challenging situations
- Fosters an appreciation and respect for other cultures, groups, opinions
- Improves concentration and memory
- Increases a wide range of brain functions
- Promotes flexibility when faced with a dilemma
- Expands fair-mindedness and enhanced reasoning skills
- Helps you become well-informed on community and world-issues
- Develops a willingness to face your own bias and reflect on your actions and word
So, are you sold yet? More than anything, this dimension is fun. You get to read, try a new hobby or activity, play fun, challenging games, watch informative, engaging movies, ask questions and seek out the answers. Just writing about it feels energizing.
But we know… you are incredibly busy, you haven’t read a book in years, you can’t remember how to play Scrabble, and if it doesn’t have to do with kids or laundry, it won’t get your attention. That’s why you have TeamBetter. We’ll do the thinking for you. Well, sort of. We’ll provide challenges that engage your thinking tools and start you on the way to healthy thinking habits. We believe that once you recognize how good it feels to recruit y
our mind into action, we bet you’ll continue in your pursuit of intellectual growth and keep up the thinking aspect of wellness all on your own. Until then, you’ve got us.
(and two quotes we like about learning…)
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~Mahatma Gandhi
“The capacity to learn is a gift. The ability to learn is a skill. The willingness to learn is a choice.” ~Brian Herbert (author)