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Keep Learning: Open Your Mind

Five Ways to Well-being: Keep Learning


Learning throughout life improves self-esteem, helps keep you active and builds social connections.

Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving and you will feel great when you achieve it. Learning new things will make you more confident and it’s fun to do.

Actions you can take:

  • Look at your local notice boards for events that interest you.
    Five ways to well-being: Keep Learning
  • Write up a “bucket list” – things you’ve always wanted to do. Learn more about these and try some.
  • Try a musical instrument. Check with a local music shop for ideas.
  • Find a new recipe and offer to make it for a friend. Ask a relative for an old recipe and get them to teach you how to make it.
  • Identify a new plant in your region each season.
  • Visit a local public library and explore new books, magazines and events.
  • Ask your local librarian if you need help to learn to use a computer.
  • Learn another language.
  • Volunteer for a new task at work.
  • Have a book swap at work or in your community.
  • Learn more about your family and community history.
  • Reconnect with your roots - talk to your family, community Elders, and visit your local cultural centre.
Adapted from the New Economics Foundation Five Ways to Wellbeing Project

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Resources & Links:

British Columbia public libraries
BC Arts Council
British Columbia Museums
Ministry of Advanced Education: B.C. Post-secondary Education – Overview
Lifelong Learning for Healthy Aging
BCCampus: Open Textbook Project
Decoda Literacy Solutions: Library
First Nations and Aboriginal Education Principles of Learning

Last Updated: October 1, 2016