Our next Art & Music Facts 101 Blog focuses on the benefits of learning new skills – just in time for the New Year! Not only is it great for your mental health, but it also has physical benefits as well. At Pastimes, veteran art & piano instructor, Linda Wehrli teaches both Beginner Art Classes and Piano Lessons, ages 7 and up.

Pastimes Blog New Year New Skills

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Both subjects have tremendous benefits. In case you missed our previous blogs on these, check some of them out below:

Art Facts 101 :: Benefits of Summer Art Classes for Kids

Music Facts 101 :: Benefits of Studying Piano for Seniors

Music Facts 101 :: Benefits of Studying Piano for Children

Art Facts 101 • Benefits of Studying Art for Seniors

Pastimes Blog New Year New Skills

So, what’s so good about learning new skills? Well, grab your favorite winter latte, sit back and enjoy the read! Info courtesy of piedmont.org, ce.ccsu.edu, and nataliesisson.com.

1. It boosts confidence. If you engage in a new skill, you’re going to thicken the brain’s prefrontal cortex. As you develop a new skill, you’ll gain courage and confidence, which helps you override fear and anxiety. You’ll feel more empowered.

2. It keeps you healthy. Learning is great for your brain at every age. As you take on a new skill, the mind begins to reshape itself because the physical brain is malleable. Previously, it was thought that it was only malleable until adolescence. However, now the research shows it can keep changing throughout our lives and for the better, so you have fewer fear responses and a more positive mindset.

3. It can boost your happiness. When you learn a new skill, you increase your level of happiness. It was thought for a long time that a person’s baseline happiness couldn’t be lifted. It turns out that you can keep influencing your level of happiness. As you learn a new skill, you can boost it. You won’t be euphoric all the time, but you’ll lift your sense of well-being.

Pastimes Blog New Year New Skills

4. Your brain chemistry changes. The white matter in your brain is called myelin, and it helps improve performance on a number of tasks. The more people practice a new skill they are learning, the more dense the myelin in their brains becomes, which helps them learn even better.

5. You adapt better to change. When you learn something new, your mind and your perceptions change, which in turn makes it easier to adapt to the inevitable changes life always tends to bring. Adapting to change is a skill in itself, and the more varied your life experience is, the easier it is to adapt to change.

6. You could stave off dementia. People who learn a new skill are less likely to develop dementia, which has been linked to demyelination of your brain. People who actively learn new skills don’t give their brains a chance to demyelinate, and their neural pathways are ready for new impulses to travel along them.

7. Your learning speed increases. Learning a new skill helps you learn things faster over time. By stimulating neurons in the brain, more neural pathways are formed and electrical impulses travel faster across them as you attempt to process new information. The more pathways that are formed, the faster impulses can travel.

Pastimes Blog New Year New Skills

Ready to reap the benefits of learning something new in 2024? Start today! Email to schedule your FREE art or piano consultation with founder/instructor Linda Wehrli at jessica@pastimesinc.com.

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