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“I am still learning.” -Michelangelo at age 87.

Going back to school is more than about making the grade. It’s about indulging a passion for lifelong learning—learning that extends far beyond the classroom. As it turns out, lifelong learners tend to live longer, healthier and happier lives than others. That’s because lifelong learning isn’t merely a buzz word, it’s a mindset and perspective that can, quite literally, change your life.

Learning Keeps Your Brain Healthy

Want a healthy brain? It’s important to keep it active. The brain stays active by learning, analyzing, questioning, etc. Pick up an instrument, learn a language, or start learning about an entirely new subject. Learning new things keeps your brain challenged and energized!

Learning Can Make You Happier

Researchers have noted that education and learning are directly tied to improved health and longevity. Those who engage in lifelong learning are more fulfilled—naturally curious, they always have something to do or discover.

It Inspires Your Imagination

Giving your mind material to mull over encourages creativity and imagination, broadening your perspectives and sparking new ideas.

It’ll Put You in a Good Mood

Lifelong learners live longer and happier because learning is good for your mental well being. Learning keeps your mind busy, so you have less time to focus on negative thoughts. You acquire a burning curiosity that makes everything seem interesting—you want to see, do and learn as much as possible. Lifelong learning makes life much more interesting.

Learning Is Great for You!

Learning doesn’t just happen on a campus. You can learn anywhere—in a classroom, online, or on your own. The key thing is that lifelong learners never stop learning!

Grow with us! Jumpstart a growth mindset by participating in our #LetsGetIt2018 Social Media Challenge! Each week, we’ll be sharing ways you can get the new year off to the right start—for a healthier, happier, more successful you!