22 August 2018

Online Or With Friends: Learning New Skills & Hobbies

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“Lifelong learning” is not a phrase that one often hears during grade school, high school or even college. It’s usually discussed later in life, although, it’s probably best to start planting its seed as young as possible. What’s lifelong learning? It’s the desire to constantly master something unique to you throughout time. The benefits are rooted in research—lifelong learning promotes longevity and successful aging. It also just makes your existence more interesting and helps to provide a sense of being well-rounded.

Thankfully, you can learn new skills and hobbies at any age, as long as you have the desire. Realistically, though, who wouldn’t have a desire? It’s fun! There are a two main methods for learning: Online and with a group of friends. Here are few ideas to get your wheels turning.

Playing Games
In the spirit of doing something different, having a board game night, or attending one, is a way to socialize with friends and sharpen your skills, whether it’s with words, numbers or strategies. Simply put: It’s a chance to dig into a new hobby and enjoy time spent with others. If you’re struggling with what games to play, consider your circle of friends. If you’re looking for humor, go for Cards Against Humanity. If you have a few hours and want something that calls for strategy, try Settlers of Catan.

Picking Up A New Instrument

Creating music works most regions of the brain; however, neuroscientists have found that the areas devoted to audio, visual and motor functions are affected the most. Why does this matter? It’s important because it means that playing an instrument is like the equivalent of a full-body workout for your brain. To keep your mind in shape, playing a new instrument gives you the opportunity to develop and hone a new skill, as well as the chance to strengthen your memory, attention to detail, and planning and strategizing capabilities. Bottom line: It’s fun and healthy!


Also, it’s worth noting that learning a new instrument doesn’t have to be expensive. You can find both affordable instruments and free instructional materials online. YouTube video lessons in particular are useful because they work for any age, level of skill and style of learner. There’s literally something for everyone, as long as you put in the effort and time to search for what you need. In case online learning is not for you (when it comes to playing an instrument), meeting up with friends or even joining a physical class at the local music shop is another way to make this happen.


Training Dogs

The internet is also a great source for learning techniques to help train dogs. Rover.com explains, “Useful in so many situations, ‘sit’ is often the first command dogs learn. In fact, most dogs ‘sit’ on their own, so all you have to do is connect the command to the behavior.” Beyond that, “stay” is generally the next action that dogs discover.

Whatever you’re looking to do, online dog training is a convenient option that allows you to work from home and eliminate travel expenses. Try checking out CyberDog or E-Training for Dogs. Otherwise, you can locate important information through articles. For example, there are several methods to consider, and a lot of trainers use positive reinforcement, which rewards the dog for a desired behavior, usually with a treat.

As noted in Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem, “You are never too old to learn something new, or too young to learn too much.” Go online or get a group of friends together, and find a fun, new skill or discover a different hobby. You won’t regret the outcome.


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