Your Brain's Health
Did you know your brain craves new things? All of our brains crave new things. In fact, one of the best things we can do for our long-term brain health is try new things. Yet sadly, most of us avoid new things like the plague, so to speak.
However, younger, youthful minds are flexible to new things, whereas older minds are more like cement, set and stagnant.
According to an article from Psychology Today, trying new things are important for these reasons:
As an example, say you heard there's some new entertainment you're interested in seeing, but instead you're told you can only see what's on the shelf at your local store, which happens to be movies, music, and books from a decade ago, give or take fifteen or twenty years. Sure, they're classics, and you'll always enjoy them, but for your brain's sake, take this test:
Name the year these came out. Now, now--no cheating with Google.
How healthy is your brain?
1) "Trying something new often requires courage. And needing to summon courage is itself a benefit. Once it's released it will, like its second cousin once removed, anger, indiscriminately engulf everything in its path. How wonderful to open a flood of courage and be carried on its waves to destinations of unexpected benefit."
2) "Trying something new opens up the possibility for you to enjoy something new. Entire careers, entire life paths, are carved out by people dipping their baby toes into small ponds and suddenly discovering a love for something they had no idea would capture their imaginations."
3) "Trying something new keeps you from becoming bored. Even I, the most routine-loving person I know, become bored if I'm not continually challenged in some way. And it's not the new challenges I'm eager to take on that represent my greatest opportunities for growth—it's the ones I'm not."
4) "Trying something new forces you to grow. We don't ever grow from taking action we've always taken (the growth that enabled us to be able to take it has already occurred). Growth seems to require we take new action first, whether it's adopting a new attitude or a new way of thinking, or literally taking new action. Thrusting yourself into new situations and leaving yourself there alone, so to speak, often forces beneficial change. A spirit of constant self-challenge keeps you humble and open to new ideas that very well may be better than the ones you currently hold dear (this happens to me all the time)."