There is always something new we can learn or try.
Evidence shows being open to new experiences and learning can lift our happiness in a number of ways;
- it’s fun, enjoyable
- provides an opportunity to connect with others
- can be a source of meaning and can be fulfilling
- can be a confidence booster
- good for the brain, helps generate new brain cells and neural connection
- is associated with higher life satisfaction
- helps develop new skills and capabilities
- helps us feel good and function well
There are lots of ways you can learn new things; perhaps you want to gain a new qualification or maybe there is something you’re curious about learning purely for interest’s sake, you could join a club, or get outdoors and challenge yourself to learn a new sport or perhaps an adventure water park is more your thing.
When it comes to learning or trying new things, we can’t always get it right the first time (the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th…for that matter). It might be challenging and along the way you may mess things up and make some mistakes, but that’s all a normal part of the learning process, understanding this can happen and accepting this as part of the process is known as a ‘growth mindset.’ With this mindset you’re more likely to keep trying and improve.
A good trick is to tag ‘yet’ onto something you’re trying to learn e.g. I’m not good at this…. yet! It’s a good one for the kids too, if they’re struggling with something, it’ll help change their mindset to a more positive one, that’s open to learning. Try it!