You might think that only young people study, but what if we told you that studying, in fact, makes you young?
What the research tells us:
A number of research studies have been conducted on studying and its youthful effects. One such study, conducted at the University of Texas, found that it is not just mental exercise, but new mental activities that keeps your mind young (Source). To help the brain retain its youthful health, they found, it isn’t enough just to do your weekly Sudoku, but that you actively need to keep learning new skills and gaining new knowledge. According to Denise Park, the lead researcher:
“It seems it is not enough just to get out and do something — it is important to get out and do something that is unfamiliar and mentally challenging, and that provides broad stimulation mentally and socially“
Another study, done at the University of Iowa, found that it only takes as little as 2 hours of active learning a week to combat the mental decline that’s associated with aging (Source).
Studying doesn’t only have neurological importance, but also has psychological effects on your youthfulness. Learning makes you feel alive, excited, and interested in what you are doing.
As Henry Ford said: Anyone who stops learning is old
Studying is easier than you think
Whether you are still young, or already getting a bit older, you don’t have any excuse not to keep your mind fresh and spry. Likewise, there really isn’t any reason for you not to do some studying in your spare time, as Oxbridge Academy makes studying easy, affordable, and effortless through distance learning.
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As you can see, studying is not only for young people. In fact, studying new things gets more and more beneficial as you get older!