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Investing in your education is a great way to improve the quality of your life. Being an active learner is not only a great privilege, but it also benefits the physical and emotional aspects of your life. 

At SDSU Global Campus, you can enroll in a plethora of courses offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Created to help inspire and educate adults 50+ years old, Osher courses are offered covering humanities, finances, politics, sciences, religious studies, and more, all of which are taught by seasoned professionals. Some of the most notable courses include “Let’s Talk Travel,” “Basics of Estate Planning,” and “Behind the Law in the News.” 

Continuing your education and enrolling in courses may seem like a huge commitment, but the lifelong benefits certainly make it worthwhile. 

Emotional and Lifestyle Benefits

Choosing to continue your education comes with many emotional and lifestyle benefits. For starters, taking a course or two is a great way to put yourself out there and connect with like-minded people. Not only will you get to make new friends and feel a sense of community, but you will also get to learn about a new topic or skill together. 

Enrolling in professional courses or other educational activities is also a great way to develop more interests and hobbies. Learning new skills and developing more interests is not only fulfilling, but it also allows you to bring more to the table. Simply put, you will be able to contribute unique knowledge regarding niche subjects when working on projects and activities for work, school, or just for fun. 

Furthermore, learning about different subjects that are not directly related to your career or studies is an outlet that you can seek inspiration from. Only working in one specific field can be limiting, so learning about different topics may inspire you to create new innovations or brainstorm fresh ideas. 

Physical and Health Benefits

Continued education doesn’t only lead to emotional improvements; it leads to physical improvements as well. According to The Edvocate, an online platform that focuses on making an impact in educational policy, many studies have shown that higher levels of education are associated with longer lifespans. More specifically, lifelong learning is associated with decreased rates of chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, ulcers, asthma, cardiovascular disease, and more. Overall, people who spend time learning are more likely to develop healthy behaviors and less likely to develop illnesses. 

In addition to improving your health and longevity, continuing your education also puts you at a decreased risk for memory loss and other similar issues. In a study conducted by the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, researchers recognized that adults who spent more time intellectually stimulating themselves are far less likely to develop memory loss issues and illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s disease. 

Educational activities are linked to lower levels of stress as well. According to Anthem Home Care, a senior care company, reading for just six minutes is correlated with lower levels of stress. By reducing stress levels, you also improve your physical health by reducing your heart rate, blood pressure levels, and muscle tension.  

Invest in Yourself

Investing in continued education is an investment in yourself. Experiencing the physical, emotional, and lifestyle benefits will make your educational experience worth it and will ultimately lead to a better quality of life. Enroll in courses at the Osher Institute at SDSU Global Campus to expand your knowledge and change your reality.