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Top 11 Reasons to Learn Something New Each Day

gratitude_learningToday I would like to express my gratitude for leaning something new each day! I always try to learn something new so that I continue to learn and grow.

Learning something new each day is easy. Some people read voraciously and are a beacon of knowledge. Others tune in to their favorite information channel on television, listen to the radio, converse with their neighbor, or go to work to learn. However you find it, knowledge is all around you every day.

Learning new things can enrich your life in many ways:

1. Provides something to talk about. Who doesn’t want to be known for being an interesting conversationalist? You’ll have plenty of fodder to share with others.

2. Exposes you to new things. Learning about new information expands your mind. You become a more interesting and thoughtful person when you gain new knowledge.

3. You might find that one thing that makes your heart sing. For example, maybe you’ve never heard of swimming with the dolphins. But you read about it or saw it on television and planned a vacation to do it. You stand to experience something awesome just because you gained new knowledge.

4. Learning is refreshing. Learning excites your mind when you take in new info. You’re seduced to learn more and more. It’s great to feel like your mind is renewed in some way, and learning every day contributes to that feeling.

5. Combats boredom. When you learn something new, it helps you avoid a hum-drum existence. Jazz up your life simply by acquiring new information.

6. Gives you something to look forward to. If you know that each day after work, you’re going to search the internet with your iPad to research your currently favorite topic, you’ve got something to look forward to during your work day.

7. You affect the lives of others. Something you learn and share could have a profound impact on another person. At the very least, you might trigger someone’s curiosity to the extent that they delve more into a topic you’ve shared.

8. You set a great example for your children. There’s nothing that gets children interested in reading and scholarly topics like observing their parents expressing excitement about learning. Plus, seeing parents open a book, magazine or newspaper every day inspires kids to want to learn, too.

9. Knowledge is power. Sir Francis Bacon, an English philosopher and writer who lived during the 17th century, once said, “Knowledge is power.” When you have knowledge, you have the power to achieve many things. You gain something important. One of the most crucial reasons to learn something new daily is that you gain power when you do.

10. You’ll be intellectually stimulated. Get your intellectual juices flowing by opening a book or watching an information channel on television. Want to know more about carpentry? Fashion design? Ancient aliens? Find thought-provoking information and indulge. Expose yourself to topics to ponder.

11. Your quality of life will be enhanced. Learning provides you with an escape when you need it, knowledge when you seek it, and a great pastime.

There are so many reasons to gain new knowledge daily. Expand your mind, set a good example for your children and gain some power in your life. Overcome boredom, cultivate great conversation and positively impact the life of another human being. You’ll achieve all of these things and more when you focus on learning something new every day.

Leave a comment below and set an intention to learn something starting today. What will it be?

Be Well.
Paul.
The Gratitude Guru

8 Comments

  1. Yvonne A Jones on November 20, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Today my husband and I had the pleasure of meeting a couple who visited our congregation and took them to lunch. It was wonderful getting to know them, learning about their mid-west background, and their experiences in Florida, as well as the number of things we have in common. This was a wonderful learning experience!

    • Paul on November 21, 2011 at 10:39 am

      Very cool, Yvonne! Educational AND fun! 🙂

  2. Carmen on November 20, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I also think that reading gives power… Imagine if you read something that gives you an idea for an amazing new business or personal path! Possibilities become endless when we learn something new every day!

    • Paul on November 21, 2011 at 10:40 am

      Reading is a very underestimated tool for propelling you forward – I agree, Carmen! You can learn from the experiences of others simply by reading! Of course, you need to read, implement, and absorb what you did in order to truly experience and learn from it, but it certainly gives you a great head start!

  3. Ute on June 2, 2014 at 9:41 am

    ‘To learn something each day’ is the topic of my heart! I HAVE to learn something new every day, start my day with a chapter to read, what is going on in the world, what does this word mean, how do I figure out this, …! Exercising the mind and body daily is as essential as brushing our teeth!

    When I was ill and could not think, I slumped into a depression and lost my joy of life. But the moment I recovered and could absorb information again, I felt my juice of life coming back.

    We can be sick and impoverished (have been both) but feel very enriched with new knowledge and information.

    As grandma-in-residence and helping three young grandkids with homework, the first question they know is coming, ‘what did you learn new today?’ Then we share and often I look up words with them I do not know the exact meaning. I know, it drives them ‘crazy’ at times but they also love it because we have fun!

    All points in this article are so good and feed our soul and well-being!

    Thank you for sharing and making us aware!

  4. Paul on June 2, 2014 at 10:07 am

    You stated it perfectly, Ute!

    Learning something new everyday is very important and helpful. It is great to see that you are passing this onto your grandkids! They don’t realize it now, but they will – you are doing a terrific service for them; I am sure they will appreciate it later in life!

  5. MaryJo Wagner on June 20, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Can’t imagine a day without learning new stuff. It’s a 7-day-a-week habit. If I were ever to retire–unlikely–I would take classes. Just knowing that MIT has every class they teach online makes me want to swoon! If nothing else, learning keeps one from fainting of boredom. Thanks, Paul.

    • Paul on June 26, 2014 at 9:22 am

      Amen, MaryJo! I know how you feel! Keep it up! I might have to write about specific sites that offer the opportunity to learn for free!

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