One day, you’re 20 years old, and in the blink of an eye, you are celebrating your 30th birthday. Time flies by so fast; if we think about it, January felt like yesterday. We are approaching the end of another year and the start of the holiday season. People from all over the world gather to spend time with their loved ones by making memories that will last a lifetime- it puts a smile on the face of the earth!
While we are preparing for the holidays, we should also consider that we are so busy with our everyday life that we sometimes forget to focus on ourselves. For example, when was the last time you learned a new craft? In this very special season, we want to encourage you to take some time and focus on yourself by learning new skills. We gathered information and picked three skills that we believe might be beneficial to you:
Learning a New Language
How amazing would it be to show off between friends and family by speaking in a different language at the dinner table? The feeling of accomplishing this skill will leave you on top of the world. You can even learn more about other cultures by speaking their native tongue! Because of the exposure to various cultures, learning a new language may contribute to more tolerance.
“Because of the exposure to various cultures, learning a new language may contribute to more tolerance.”
That’s not all! According to a study by CEReBRUM in 2012, when learning a new language, you’ll be more intellectually attentive as you pay attention to body language cues, which means that learning vocabulary can boost your memory. Bilingual speakers also have a higher capacity for problem-solving. Using cognitive muscles to navigate multiple languages can help you multitask more effectively in other areas. Learning a new language will make you a better communicator, encourage your creativity, and exercise your brain by actively reading, writing, and speaking in other languages. There are so many benefits to learning this skill. We had to write about it!
Learning to Cook
Who doesn’t love eating a delicious meal? Now imagine if you made it all by yourself. This is why cooking is an extraordinary skill to learn! If you think about it, you spend hours cooking a meal to make sure that you added every right ingredient to your masterpiece. You’ll keep your eyes on the timer as you’d want to make sure that you don’t overcook the meal. Once the timer goes off and you open the oven, the smell of your delicious dish will flow through the air of the kitchen. You will leave your friends and family satisfied- and wanting more.
“This stress reliever can also help with depression and bring you closer to your friends and family, especially if they help you out in the kitchen.”
This accomplishment can increase your self-esteem and give you the confidence to try new things in life. You’ll realize that with a bit of effort, you can accomplish things you never thought you could do before. Besides that, cooking is actually a therapeutic activity that not only makes you happier but broadens your creativity. This stress reliever can also help with depression and bring you closer to your friends and family, especially if they help you out in the kitchen. You will be the most popular person on the block once everybody knows you are a master chef! Learning to cook had to be on our list, as it’s one of the most remarkable skills one can learn.
Learning a New Instrument
Ahh, the joy of music. What more can we say? Music brings us a way to express ourselves, be inspired, and relieve stress and tension. Not only that, music brings the world together! Learning a new instrument will not only make your loved ones skip a beat once they listen to your art, but it will also satisfy you in every possible way once you master this amazing skill.
“Learning a new instrument can also develop better discipline, social skills, increased coordination, memory, attention to detail, and concentration.”
Did you know that music can help with the development of math skills? You can learn pattern recognition by listening to musical beats. Music students have better spatial intelligence and form mental pictures of objects, which are critical qualities for advanced mathematics. Learning a new instrument can also develop better discipline, social skills, increased coordination, memory, attention to detail, and concentration. Music programs may be available at your local library, community center, or music society if you wish to learn a new instrument. You can also join group music activities such as choirs, recorder groups, and bands! Music can make your heart sing. It sure does ours! Grab yourself an instrument, and never look back!
Pat Yourself on The Back
Remember to focus on yourself every once in a while. You are an essential part of society. Pat yourself on the back and start creating something magical!
We hope you enjoyed this week’s blog and that you found some inspiration to learn a new skill! Tell us more about what you will be doing this holiday season and if you are going to learn a new skill in the comment section below. We are eager to hear what you learned from this article!
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As always, stay safe and happy holidays!
The Job Duck Team
Thank you for sharing this article.I love cooking and that’s the only time I connect with my family.
Learning a new language would be a great deal for me.