“The best thing for being sad, replied Merlin, is to learn something.”
—T.H. White, Author of The Once and Future King
Research has shown that when we do the same things day after day we fire and wire our neurons to generate consistent and ingrained patterns of thinking and acting. If we happen to be sad over extended periods of time, changing things up can alter our brain chemistry, improve our overall well-being, and strengthen our social connections.
Engaging in new physical activities, taking a creative class, and even learning new recipes and cooking techniques are just a few ways to break your patterns so that a more positive outlook on things can emerge.
How can and will you embrace Merlin’s wisdom and engage in some new learning effort to magically boost your mood and chase some clouds away? Feel free to reply to this post with what new learning efforts work best for you.