Welcome to part 3 of a 4-part series on the G. L. A. D mindfulness technique described in David Altman’s book, The Mindfulness Toolbox. Let’s examine “L” for learn. Part 1 described finding daily delight and mindfully repeating them as part of improving well-being. Part 2 discussed how small repeated accomplishments that have personal meaning contribute to well-being and happiness.
This practice requires no special equipment. You are able to personalize it because what you want to learn is unique to you. The Webster dictionary defines learn as “gain knowledge or understanding or skill by study, instruction or experience.”
Why Learn One New Thing?
- The brain can and does change as a result of learning new things (neuroplasticity).
- The more often we do and learn the more we develop what is described as “muscle building” aspects of the brain.
- Repeated changes affect our thoughts, behaviors and the actions we take.
- Learn about yourself, and/or gain additional insight.
- Learn a fact, a skill, or just think differently about something you previously learned.
- All you need is curiosity, openness and willingness to learn.
What Can You Learn Today?
- Notice what makes you smile, frown, upset etc.
- Notice how you might have evolved over the past few days, weeks, years (skills, relationships, food likes and dislikes, thoughts, feelings etc).
- Learn a fact about different people, different foods, dogs, trees clouds etc.
- Ask questions and really listen to the response. A good way to learn something new.
- Learn a new fact about your family, job, business, town city, state.
Thanks to those who shared. I would love to hear from you.
If you are still thinking. It’s never too late. Now is always a good time to be G.L.A.D! Yes. You can teach any aged dog a new trick! Learn one new thing today. Your brain will thank you for it.
Jumoke Omojola is a Mental Health Therapist in Omaha, Nebraska where she assists adults create healthier, happier lives and nurturing relationships. She serves Bellevue, Ralston, LaVista and other surrounding Omaha and Council Bluffs areas.