Addressing human beings of all ages, particularly younger human beings (like me), we always hear the people, especially the elderly, saying “Learn something every day.” or “Learning something is always good.”
Of course, we’re the ones with notorious minds and we think that the elderly advises us to learn because they now realize that if they had learned more, they would have gone further ahead and they wish we wouldn’t repeat their mistake. Well, this is unmistakably true, but I made some research on how it affects our brain, our feelings and also our environment.
Why should we learn?
Most of you have probably heard of the chemical, namely dopamine, in our brain. To those of you who haven’t, dopamine has a major role in the brain. It is the reason for one’s happiness and curiosity and the ability to stay awake. Dopamine has millions of other functions, but let’s get to the point. ↓
Whenever people get depressed, they consume prescribed drugs as suggested in order to increase the levels of dopamine. This is alright when it is a minor intake. But we all know the story where the person gets addicted to these drugs and how this affects the person. Similarly, people turn alcoholic for the very same reason… it boosts up the dopamine levels.
Now if you ask me, why would I mention drugs and alcohol if I am writing on behalf of the youth, the next major addiction comes to social media. We all get that spontaneous sense of happiness whenever we receive a text message, a new follower or some likes on our posts, this may seem really fun, but admit it, it is addictive.
When we look at these things…phone addiction, drugs, and alcohol all have some things in common. One, this pleasure is temporary, sometimes it may last only up to a few seconds. Two, if we get into these habits, we are finally gaining nothing out of this. In the end, we go to bed with an absolute zero productivity. I need not mention, we’ll turn out to be a liability in the society.
Here is where learning comes in. Whenever we learn something new, we get a feeling of satisfaction. Maybe learning is a slower process and it takes some effort, but it’ll definitely be a million times more worth it. Unlike the pleasure of social media, the pleasure of learning is long lasting. Amusingly, it also has no side effects.
Apart from the satisfaction, we get for ourselves from learning, learning can also help us socialize. Now take an example you have 10 people around you who have different types of abilities. If you learn or have learned all those abilities, then bingo! You can make all those 10 people your friends. It also helps build your personality.
What should I learn?
If you made a decision to start learning, great decision! But the next problem, what are you supposed to learn? When I was going through other websites, I found most of them suggesting to start learning interesting facts through apps, other websites, podcasts and such. As for me, I don’t actually do any of this. My suggestion is to take a walk around, see what people are involved in. If someone is skating, give it a thought if you would want to skate too. As simple as this.
Giving a personal example, one of my friends has an interest in decorating his room, trying out new types of paint designs on walls and such. I decided to give it a try and I’ve become a painter of some sort myself!
I’ve been very busy lately, and will probably be for some time, so I am now uncertain of the timing of next post. But I’ll be trying my best to make it a weekly thing. See ya!