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The Joy of Learning


If happiness were a TV show, “learning” would be played by Paul Giamatti – devoid of sex appeal and only appreciated much later. Although we often think of learning as a tedious avenue to an A+ or a promotion, are there unseen, powerful benefits on the road to erudition?

Learning physical skills strengthens synapses in our motor cortices, enhancing our coordination. Reading augments our left temporal cortex, boosting our language processing. Furthermore, learning itself accelerates future learning.

“Your mind is really like a muscle,” writes Harvard researcher Dr. Lisa Berkman. So let’s train our brains for higher and happier cognitive functioning.

Chris Butsch, The Millennial’s Guide to Making Happiness

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