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Why Your Brain Loves Learning

March 12, 2015

Guest Post by CourseFinder

Years of advanced neuroscientific research make it clear – when it comes to the health of our brains, learning is nothing short of essential. During the course of our lives, our brains tend to create shortcuts on the basis of our habits and routine. While these are great for our productivity, they don’t stimulate our brains to develop. Learning new skills, we can effectively rewire our brains by creating new synaptic connections. This process is called neuroplasticity; our brains respond to each new skill by improving the density of our gray matter, growing in size and strengthening its synapses.

Which skills are best for our brains? All of them! Be it sports, music or language, every new skill develops stronger memory, increases our analytical abilities, powers our decision-making capacity and stimulates our creativity. All of them will relate to various areas of our brain responsible for concentration, balance, motor control, speech or vision – that’s why it’s important to train all of them equally.

Going for sports, you’ll increase the blood flow to your brain – giving it more oxygen and positively affecting your mood, alertness and vitality. Playing sports instantly increases the level of endorphins in your blood, making you feel happy and satisfied.

Playing a musical instrument trains various areas of the brain, impacting your learning, creativity and cognition. It improves your memory, processing speed, planning ability, verbal fluency and makes you more sensitive to sounds you hear every day.

Learning a new language is a great brain exercise as well. You’ll become more open-minded and quicker in resolving problems or ambiguities. Linguistic training will improve your creativity, mental flexibility, concentration and overall intelligence.

To top it all, learning new skills is essential to the health of our brains since new abilities keep our brains active, helping us to live longer and healthier lives. If you love your brain, try to learn something new today!

Why your brain loves learning

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