Benefits of Lifelong Learning
Lifelong learning can benefit you in every aspect of your life:
"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."
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, improve interpersonal skills, and become a more interesting conversation partner.
"I think most social scientists would put their money on education as the most important factor in ensuring longer lives."
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.
"'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.
"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.
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