At the start of every year, reflection and change feature prominently in our lives. We assess how the last year has gone and what adjustments we might want to make. Why not kickstart 2018 by doing something exciting and new–as there are many benefits to doing so:
*If we learn a new skill, our brains and bodies are challenged. Those stagnant neurotransmitters or muscles are reignited, ready for action again. And we’ll feel better by putting them into practice.
*When we try new things, it brings us perspective. We see life differently, perhaps allowing us to notice avenues we previously missed or ignored. New possibilities abound.
*By attempting fresh and exciting activities, we step outside our comfort zones, and this can broaden our ability to recognize fresh opportunities in our lives.
*A change of routine can also stimulate our biorhythm, jolting us intellectually, emotionally, and physically.
*It feels good to make a choice to try something new, even if it is intimidating to you.
*Set a good example for your family and friends. If you’re brave and try something new, maybe you’ll inspire someone you love to take a positive step.
*Trying something brand new will decrease the chance you’ll be bored–and who wants to be bored? Life is about living, enjoying.
*If we start the habit of trying new things, we learn to be more open to life, new experiences, and a new future.
The “new” thing doesn’t have to be monumental. Take baby steps by trying a different recipe or activity. And know that taking up a hobby is beneficial for your health. Studies show that people who take part in leisure activities–whether it is cross-stitching, running, or reading–became 34 percent less stressed and 18 percent became happier, and the calming effect lasted for hours.
Now that we know the benefits of adding something fresh and different to our lives, I hope I’ve inspired you to give it a try. I have a list of items I’m going to try in 2018, and I’d love to share in this exhilarating experience with you!
Would be delighted to hear about what you might try…