One of my favorite things to do is to study. I love studying!

But studying has more than just the knowledge you are learning to offer.  Besides getting more knowledgeable, it is likely that you are also getting smarter. 

Really?

Yes, when you study, you give your brain a workout. This helps you to develop not only new synapses in the area of the brain which stores the new knowledge, it gives your brain a workout in the area which requires you to focus. The more you learn, the more you also train your brain to work and to focus on taking in new information. It's sort of like increasing the size of the well, the water level, and the pumping capacity all at the same time. As a result of neuroplasticity, parts of your brain actually get thicker. And guess what, that also suggests that parts of your brain might get thinner. In other words, since you are not focusing on less important things like TV, dwelling on the past, worrying about the future, or other miscellaneous distractions, you are probably losing some of your interest in those parts of your life. And that's actually a good thing.

Having said all this, studying is not easy. It never has been and never will be. But it's worth the effort. It not only makes you more knowledgeable and smarter, it can actually make you happier. That is because when you focus intensely on anything, you will be in the present moment and that leads to happier feelings. 

So take my advice. If you want to be happier, if you want to have better brain health long into your life, try studying more. You might find it difficult at first, but keep doing it, and your brain will get used to it. It will get better at it and you will be rewarded for your efforts.

If you are not sure what to study, here are a few recommended sites with free on-line university level courses. There is surely a topic that will interest you:

1) http://coursera.org 

2) http://edx.org

Wishing you good studies,

Garth