Group Discussion

The Benefits of Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning can benefit you in every aspect of your life:

SOCIAL

"Those who dedicate themselves to learning and who exhibit curiosity are almost always happier and more socially and professionally engaging than those who don't."

-John Coleman,

coauthor of Passion & Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders

Taking classes and attending educational events creates opportunities to meet new friends, improves your interpersonal skills, and makes you a more interesting conversation partner.

PHYSICAL

"I think most social scientists would put their money on education as the most important factor in ensuring longer lives."

-Laura Carstensen,

psychologist and director of the Stanford Center on Longevity

An investment in lifelong learning is an investment in your health. Numerous studies show that as your education increases, your likelihood of developing common chronic diseases decreases. In fact, lifelong learners have longer lifespans.

EMOTIONAL

"'Your mind is really like a muscle, and using it is a key' to lifelong mental health."

- Lisa Berkman,

professor of public policy and epidemiology at Harvard University

Lifelong learning improves your mental health by reducing stress, increasing happiness, and bolstering resilience in the face of change. Not only that but growing in knowledge brings a deep and lasting sense of fulfillment and purpose.

ECONOMICAL

"My own research, which involves interviews with hundreds of individuals who've achieved stature, influence and significant contributions within their fields, reveals that they all share a deep commitment to, respect for and prioritization of ongoing learning in their lives."

-Julie Winkle Giulioni,

writer for The Economist

Continual learning and personal growth translate to career advancement and innovation. In a rapidly changing world, equipping yourself with a broad range of knowledge will give you a competitive edge.

Benefits of Lifelong Learning

by Marjan Laal

The Impact of Sustained Engagement on

Cognitive Function in Older Adults: The

Synapse Project

by Denise C. Park, Jennifer

Lodi-Smith, Linda Drew, Sara

Haber, Andrew Hebrank, Gérard N.

Bischof, Whitley Aamodt

Lifelong Learning Is Good for Your Health,

Your Wallet, and Your Social Life

by John Coleman

Why Learning Leads to Happiness 

by Philip Moeller

A Busy Brain Is a Healthy Brain

by Greg Miller

EDUCATION AND HEALTH: EVALUATING

THEORIES AND EVIDENCE

by David M. Cutler,

Adriana Lleras-Muney

Lifelong Career Success from Lifelong

Learning

by Julie Winkle Giulion

Cognitive Activity Relates to Cognitive

Performance but Not to Alzheimer Disease

Biomarkers

by Christopher M. Gidicsin, Jacqueline E. Maye, Joseph J. Locascio, Lesley C. Pepin, Marlie Philiossaint, J. Alex Becker, Alayna P.

Younger, Maria Dekhtyar, Aaron P. Schultz, Rebecca E. Amariglio, Gad A. Marshall, Dorene M. Rentz, Trey Hedden, Reisa A. Sperling, Keith A. Johnson

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