Book Review: Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain by Sharon Begley @ Blogcritics.org
Neuroplasticity ... and emotional intelligence.
It's a fascinating subject, the notion of neuroplasticity. We know that resilience (an emotional intelligence competency) is greatly enhanced in old age by learning new things. And this means something radically new, not just advancing in your own field, or learning to run instead of walk for exercise. This means the engineer who learns Italian, or the English major who learns how to ride a motorcycle, or the Spanish major who learns some math.
Getting OUT of your field.
That's why I greatly value "generalists" - - people who know a lot about many things, not just a whole lot about one thing.
Look around you at the seniors you know. Consider the total picture re: a person who was a doctor their entire life, then retired and gardens v. a person who had several career fields, reads voraciously, has radically different hobbies, and friends from many different sectors.
It's not just that the latter type person might be more interesting, there's a difference in the vitality level, and also the resilience.
Read the book review of Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain. It's fascinating!
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