How Continuous Learning Leads To Happiness For Millennials
Lifelong learning can lead to a more fulfilling and healthier life in the long run. People play with numbers in Sudoku and find hidden phrases in word searches as a form of brain exercise. Computerized brain games are being used to help prevent memory loss, and you can also rule the virtual world at the same time. Technology has improved many lives and helps you find your way when lost on the road.
However, researchers say the best way to keep your brain sharp like a perfect pencil point is by picking up a new skill. Take quilting, for example. If you’re new to cutting out symmetrical abstract shapes, your brain feels challenged by the task, rather than passively listening to the radio.
Researchers studied senior groups who worked on their new hobby for 15 hours every week over the course of three months, and those who learned a new skill had significantly improved memory and maintained it after a year. Interestingly, the highest gains were in those who learned Photoshop and digital photography, some having never touched a computer.
At any age, being mentally and socially active keeps you connected to the world and yourself as you process your experiences, filled with new information and rich details. Today, the world is filled with new experiences, discoveries and shifting technology — there’s much to learn. Millennials appear to be addicted to technology like mind-numb zombies, but contrary to popular belief, they love to learn and are happier for it.
Interconnected Millennials Prioritize Happiness And Learning
Learning has never been more important as the world embraces technology and become connected through the power of the internet and social media. Today, interconnected millennials are prioritizing happiness and learning because they realize the link between the two.
While people of other nations are multilingual, many Americans have struggled with speaking a second language conversationally. The U.S. Census Bureau analyzed 73 million millennials aged 18 to 34, and 42.8% are minorities, 15.4% were born in other countries, and 25.6% speak other languages besides English in the home. This data has more than doubled since 1980.
Today’s millennials are on the move, traveling around the world. They realize the importance of learning a second language and using it inside and outside the home. The world is becoming more diverse and a better place for culture and language exchange, as these millennials communicate their fears, dreams and hopes and fall in love.
A majority of millennial voters are Hispanic bilinguals, and that number increases to nearly 66,000 every month, according to the Pew Research Center, as Latino teens turn 18 every 30 seconds. Millennials know they have the power to affect change for the positive, and they have the numbers. Interconnectivity and language learning are connected to the confidence in positive change and emotion.
Meaningful Experience Wins Out In Work And Life
Millennials have been called narcissistic in the past, but they were raised to believe they are special. This generation has also been called the happiest generation of all historically. Millennials represent the hope and joy of generations past surviving two world wars, more war and financial devastation, and the struggles of many immigrants who got away from danger to make life better for their children.
As of 2025, millennials will make up 75% of the nation’s workforce, and millennials realize their numbers and the flexible power of technology enable them to do more. They don’t have to just be happy they have a job, just be happy they are scrapping by or just be happy with the status quo.
That’s all good and well for the past, but millennials are born visionaries and aren’t interested in slaving away at a job that doesn’t care about them or the world at large. Millennials prefer to spend their money on experiences and not on material goods: learning how to rock climb, dance salsa, make clothes, microbrew and more. According to an Eventbrite survey, 72% of millennials want to spend more on experiences, and 69% say their experiences connect them to others, their community and the world.
Millennials are also the happiest generation at work, with only 8% viewing themselves as unhappy, while generation X and baby boomers were shown to become more jaded on the job as their careers continued.
Millennials are constantly micro-learning with information at their fingertips, and other opportunities such as employer offered tuition reimbursement encourage millennials to continue schooling. In fact, job satisfaction rates boost from 40% to 58% when comparing four-year degree holders to those without a degree. Continued education keeps millennials up with technology and new techniques, and helps them focus on their career goals. Adult learning improves the mind’s clarity, memory and drive.
In the age of information technology, millennials are criticized for being narcissistic when their interconnectivity pushes them to prioritize learning to foster happiness in themselves and the world at large. Millennials recognize the importance of lifelong learning and its impact on personal growth, relationships, careers and larger social issues — leading to happiness and a fuller life.
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