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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Be a Life-Long Learner

Have you read a good book lately? You know the old saying "use it or lose it"? This is very true of our minds. If you don't use your mind, it loses some of its primary cognitive function. You need to continually "sharpen the saw" as Stephen Covey points out in "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People". There has been an increase in the number of Alzheimer's cases and other cognitively debiliatating conditions. One of the most frequently prescribed treatments has little to do with prescription medications. More physicians are suggesting exercises specifically designed to enhance brain power. These include puzzles, reading, memory games and any number of other intellectually stimulating activities.

Start out by reading subjects that you are interested in or find some great educational games. You don't have to pick the typical personal development guruish pieces either. What genres do you like? Whether it's science fiction or pulp fiction, there is learning to be had. Regardless of the subject matter, the author probably performed some good research to use along with a great imagination to bring the story to life. The point is to just start reading.

There are so many benefits of keeping the brain strong and healthy. In addition to maintaining your memory, you are also developing strengths in effective communication. The more you know, the more you can speak about. The more you are familiar with, the better questions you can formulate. The better questions you ask, the more knowledge you will gain. You can become an active participant in almost any subject matter. Better yet, you can become an expert, write a book and share your knowledge with others.

The bottom line is don't stagnate your intellectual growth. Be a life-long learner.

Happy Living!

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