Love of learning

An attitude of lifelong learning is associated with higher life satisfaction[8]. Adult learning leads to positive transformations in terms of self-esteem[9], well-being, optimism, self-efficacy and self-rated health[10]. Curiosity is associated with life fulfillment, happiness[4] and well-being[6]. Curiosity seems to make people smarter[3]. A higher level of curiosity is associated with a decreased likelihood of developing hypertension and diabetes[2]. 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[1].

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I have a job or day gig where I get to learn things every day.
I go to conferences, seminars or take courses now and then.
I use the web regularly to get more details about something.
I like to learn about new topics I know nothing about.
I spend time weekly learning something new not job related.
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      • [1] Dossey, Larry. 2009. The Power of Premonitions: How Knowing the Future Can Shape Our Lives. New York, N.Y.: Dutton. Chicago / Turabian View
      • [2] Positive emotion and health: going beyond the negative. LS Richman, L Kubzansky, J Maselko, I Kawachi, P Choo, M Bauer. Health Psychology 24 (4), 422 View
      • [3] Stimulation seeking and intelligence: A prospective longitudinal study. Raine, Adrian; Reynolds, Chandra; Venables, Peter H.; Mednick, Sarnoff A. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 82(4), Apr 2002, 663-674. View
      • [4] Park, N., Peterson, C., & Seligman, M. E. P. (2004). Strengths of character and well-being. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 23, 603-619. View
      • [5] S. von Stumm, B. Hell, T. Chamorro-Premuzic. The Hungry Mind: Intellectual Curiosity Is the Third Pillar of Academic Performance. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 2011; 6 (6): 574 DOI: 10.1177/1745691611421204 View
      • [6] Todd B. Kashdan, Michael F. Steger. (2007) Curiosity and pathways to well-being and meaning in life: Traits, states, and everyday behaviors. Motivation and Emotion 31, 159-173. View
      • [7] Blanchflower, D. and A. Oswald (2008), β€œIs well-being U-shaped over the life cycle?”, Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 66(8).
      • [8] Reinsch, E. 2007. The relationship among lifelong learning, emotional intelligence and life satisfaction for adults 55 years of age or older. Unpublished doctorate thesis, University of Illinois. View
      • [9] Sabates and Hammond, The Impact of Lifelong Learning on Happiness and Well-being, Inquiry into the Future of Lifelong Learning, NIACE, (Jan 2008) View
      • [10] Foresight Mental Capital and Wellbeing Project (2008). Final Project report – Executive summary. The Government Office for Science, London View
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