4 Ways to Educate Yourself Every Day

by Christine Chadwick

Education is a broad term; it can happen anytime, anywhere. It can be as structured or unstructured as you'd like it to be. It can happen in your own back yard, a classroom, or across the world! Here are a few easy things you can do to make sure you get a regular fix in stimulating your brain:

1. Go somewhere new

Maybe it's the new coffee shop across town, an ethnic restaurant you've never tried, or on a trip to see a new culture. Teach yourself how things are done in other places. By going somewhere new you not only stimulate your brain, but you see how things are done somewhere you've never been before. Learning about new foods and how they are prepared, seeing a new cultural celebration, or learning about a new language from somewhere you'd like to go are all great ways to keep your mind open and refreshed.

2. Learn about something that interests you

Perhaps you've always wanted to know more about watercolor painting. Go to the local bookshop, and get yourself a book on the topic. Take a painting class at your local arts and crafts store. Sign yourself up for a series of classes that cover your topic of interest so you can gain a deeper understanding of your subject. You could even shadow or interview someone who is an expert in what you'd like to learn about. Get creative! There are several ways to learn about something you love.

3. Never lose your wonder, and keep asking questions.

It seems simple, but by wondering about and questioning the world around you, you can learn so much. If you don't know something someone brings up, ask them about it! It's a great way to keep the conversation going, and you'll learn something new along the way (not to mention you might make a new friend in the process).

4. Learn a new word every day!

People with well-versed vocabularies appear to be more educated, and many times may be. It can be fun learning a whole new set of words to express yourself, both in writing and verbally. There are websites that offer "word of the day" features or you can go ahead and open up an old-fashioned dictionary. Maybe even make a list of terms you've always wanted to learn and start using them in your writing or daily conversations.