Why it is important
An attitude of lifelong learning is associated with higher life satisfaction. Adult learning leads to positive transformations in terms of self-esteem, well-being, optimism, self-efficacy and self-rated health. Curiosity is associated with life fulfillment, happiness and well-being. Curiosity seems to make people smarter. A higher level of curiosity is associated with a decreased likelihood of developing hypertension and diabetes. People who regularly engage in mini-mysteries, taking on novel experiences that get them out of familiar routines preserve their mental faculties later in life.
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Category: Intellectual healthResearch
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