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5 Positive Behavior Changes That Result From Traveling

5 Positive Behavior Changes That Result From Traveling

Have you ever traveled to a place where you have never been and came back a different person?  Let’s put this way, that traveling is a movement to a certain location without big expectations and a behavior change is a shift from one state to another. Think about it, how many times your state shifts (emotions, feelings, thoughts, actions) during the travel. I guess, numerous, but few of those shifts remain with you after coming back.

One study found that after traveling people became happier about their work. Traveling inspired them to work harder and earn more money for their next vacation trip. That is an obviously positive impact to the labor market. Nonetheless, something extraordinary happens to you personally, so you benefit. The next time, observe yourself on these states.

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1. You Become More Passionate

Passion for exploring, to try and sponge experiences during and after the trip. This happens at those moments when we are double happy, excited  and thrilled because we are in the moment. Those moments are created during the travel and stay for a period we allow them to stay. Travel passion can easily be incorporated into our daily routine. Yes, a routine can be made passionate by doing ordinary things in extraordinary ways. Imagine if you do accounting or a sales pitch that brings tension, but adding passion to the process is like doubling happiness, so the outcome and the progress will increase. It’s a matter to catch the motion.

2. Curiosity Leads to New Beginnings

Curiosity is about to try and change status quo, innovate on the move. Curiosity is the outcome of passion. Well, we are naturally curious about trends, tastes and smells, and we immediately we want to try things out. Exploring the new possibilities may bring us to new passions, hobbies, relationships. A brand new look to ordinary things in life is applicable and transforming when new experiences appear. With that curiosity, we tend to create a new beginning to our life.

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    3. You Become More Confident

    Openness is the great virtue of never being the same. It demolishes any walls and bricks even if you are visiting the Great Wall of China. It gives a positive impact to connecting with yourself and others. Think for a moment of your best experience that led you to satisfaction. Allowing yourself to step in into the zone of vulnerability or unknown helps us when we are back to real life. The comfort zone is the territory where we are comfortable. Overcoming it builds confidence and creativity.

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    4. You Become More Creativity

    Creativity is a skill that we develop during any travel we take. Most of us absorb the environment via eyes, emotions and relationship. Creativity may be defined as quality and it is an attitude. We clearly know the unspoken that this “thing” will be awesome, because we have that secret feeling that guides us to the next step. In reality, each trip has its own emotions and bits of charm that we want to keep and implement after coming back. Creativity blinks  in our eyes, stimulated by a passion from the heart and when it connects the dots, an everlasting effect emerges.

    5. You Develop Continuity

    Continuity to explore new places increases the appetite for traveling. Continuity is not the goal by itself to keep the travel longer, it is more a process to keep the treasures of the journey more alive. It pays as a magic, it brings momentum, it taps into the real you. Continuity is a quality of something that does not stop or change as time passes. However being a real time one, it does, it passes or changes depending the meaning we give. But travel may finish, the destination may be reached, however, the experience and memories remain, and even more, it boosts to repeat over and over again, so it lasts, it continues.  As once started, never to be same.

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      Considering all that is mentioned above, it works with one simple strategy: that we allow ourselves to experience the moment fully, to accept and spread it. Continue to travel and be extraordinary, because behavior change is a shift from one state to another, like travel: from point A to B.

      Featured photo credit: theblogabroad.com via theblogabroad.com

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      Brain Training: 12 Fast, Fun Mental Workouts

      Brain Training: 12 Fast, Fun Mental Workouts

      Exercise isn’t just for your body. Just as important is keeping your mind strong by training your brain with fun mental workouts.

      Think of your mental and physical fitness the same way: you don’t need to be an Olympian, but you do need to stay in shape if you want to live well. A few cognitive workouts per week can make a major difference in your life.

      The Skinny on Mental Workouts

      Physical fitness boosts your stamina and increases your muscular strength. The benefits of working up a mental sweat and brain training, however, might not be so obvious.

      Research suggests that cognitive training has short- and long-term benefits, including:

      1. Improved Memory

      After eight weeks of cognitive training, 19 arithmetic students showed a larger and more active hippocampus than their peers.[1] The hippocampus is associated with learning and memory.

      2. Reduced Stress Levels

      Mastering new tasks more quickly makes the work of learning less stressful. A stronger memory can call information to mind with less effort.

      3. Improved Work Performance

      Learning quickly and remembering key details can lead to a better career. Employers are increasingly hiring for soft skills, such as trainability and attention to detail.

      4. Delayed Cognitive Decline

      As we age, we experience cognitive decline. A study published by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that 10 one-hour sessions of cognitive training boosted reasoning and information processing speed in adults between the ages of 65 and 94.[2]

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      Just like in physical exercise, what’s important isn’t the specific workout. To be sustainable, cognitive workouts need to be easy and fun. Otherwise, it’s too easy to throw in the towel.

      Fun Brain Training Exercises for Everyone

      The best about fun mental workouts? There’s no need to head to a gym. Feel free to mix and match the following activities for daily brain training:

      1. Brainstorming

      One of the simplest, easiest ways to engage your brain? Coming up with solutions to a challenge you’re facing.

      If you aren’t good at solo ideation, ask a partner to join you. When I’m struggling to come up with topics to write about, I call up my editors to bat ideas around. Friends or co-workers are usually happy to help.

      2. Dancing

      Isn’t dancing a physical workout? Yes, but the coordination it requires is also great for training your brain. Plus, it’s a lot of fun.

      Studies suggest that dance boosts multiple cognitive skills.[3] Planning, memorizing, organizing, and creativity all seem to benefit from a few fancy steps.

      3. Learning a New Language

      Learning a new language takes time. But if you split it up into small, daily lessons, it’s easier than you might think.

      With language learning, every lesson builds on the last. When I was learning Spanish, I used a tool called Guru for knowledge management.[4] Every time I’d learn a verb tense, I’d create a new card to give me a quick refresh before moving on.

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      4. Developing a Hobby

      Like languages, hobbies take time to develop. But that’s the fun of them: you get a little better—both at the hobby and in terms of brain function—each time you do them.

      If you’re trying to train your brain and improve a certain cognitive skill, choose a hobby that aligns with it.

      For example:

      • Attention to detail: Pick a hobby that requires you to work patiently with small features. Woodworking, model-building, sketching, and painting are all good choices.
      • Learning and memory: Choose an activity that requires you to remember lots of details. Your best bets are hobbies that require lots of categorization, such as collecting stamps or coins.
      • Motor function: For this brain function, physical activities can double as fun mental workouts. Sports like soccer and basketball build gross motor functions. Fine motor functions are better trained through activities like table tennis or even playing video games.
      • Problem-solving: Most hobbies require you to problem-solve in one way or another. The ones that test your problem-solving skills the most, however, take some investigation.

      Geocaching is a good example: Using a combination of clues and GPS readings, geocaching involves finding and re-hiding containers. Typically done in a wooded area, geocaching is a fun way to put your problem-solving skills to the test.

      5. Board Games

      Playing a board game might not be much of a physical workout, but it does make for a fun mental workout. With that said, not all board games work equally well for cognitive training.

      Avoid “no brainer” board games, like Candy Land. Opt for strategy-focused ones, such as Risk or Settlers of Catan. Remember to ask other players for their input.

      6. Card Games

      Card games build cognitive skills in much the same way board games do. They have a few extra advantages, though, that make them worthy of special attention.

      A deck of cards is inexpensive and can be played anywhere, from a kitchen to an airplane. More importantly, a deck of cards opens the door to dozens of different games. Challenge yourself to learn a few in an afternoon.

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      7. Puzzles

      Puzzles are great tools for building a specific cognitive skill: visuospatial function. Visuospatial function is important to train because it’s one of the first abilities to slip in people struggling with cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s.[5]

      Choose a puzzle you’ll stick with. There’s no shame in starting with a 500-piece puzzle or choosing one that makes a childish image.

      8. Playing Music

      Listening to music is a great way to unwind. But playing music goes one step further. On top of entertaining you, it makes for a fun mental workout.

      Again, choose an instrument you know you’ll stick with. If you’ve always wanted to learn the violin, don’t get a guitar because it’s less expensive or easier to pick up.

      What if you can’t afford an instrument? Sing. Learning to control your voice is every bit as challenging as making a set of keys or strings sound good.

      9. Meditating

      Not all cognitive exercises are loud, in-your-face activities. Some of the most fun mental workouts, in fact, are quiet, solo activities. Meditating can help you focus, especially if you have pre-existing attention issues.

      Don’t be intimidated if you’ve never meditated before. It’s easy:

      • Find a quiet, comfortable place to sit or lie down.
      • Set a timer for 10 minutes, or for however long you have to meditate.
      • Close your eyes or turn off the lights.
      • Focus on your breathing. Do not try to control it.
      • If your thoughts wander, gently bring them back to your breath.
      • When the timer goes off, wiggle your fingers and toes for a minute. Slowly bring yourself back to reality. Remember the sense of serenity you found.

      10. Deep Conversation

      There’s nothing more mentally stimulating than a good, long conversation. The key is depth: surface-level chatter doesn’t get the mind’s wheels spinning like a thoughtful, authentic conversation. This type of conversation helps in training your brain to think more deeply and reflect.

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      Choose your partner carefully. You’re looking for someone who’ll challenge your ideas without being confrontational. Stress isn’t good for brain health, but there’s value in coming up with creative arguments.

      11. Cooking

      When you think about it, cooking requires an impressive array of cognitive skills. Developing a cook’s intuition requires a good memory. Making sure flavors are balanced takes attention to detail. When something goes wrong in the kitchen, problem-solving skills come into play. Motor control is required to stir, flip, and whisk.

      If you’re going to cook, you might as well make enough for everyone. Invite them into the kitchen as well: coordinating with other chefs adds an extra layer of challenge to this fun mental workout.

      12. Mentorship

      Whether you’re the mentee or the mentor, mentorship is an incredible mental workout. Learning from someone you look up to combines the benefits of deep conversation with skill-building. Teaching someone else forces you to put yourself in their shoes, which requires empathy and problem-solving skills.

      Put yourself in both situations. Being a student makes you a better teacher, and teaching others gives you insight into how you, yourself, learn.

      Final Thoughts

      Your mind is your most important possession, and training your brain is needed to maintain its health. Don’t let it get soft.

      To keep those neurons firing at full speed, add a few fun mental workouts to your schedule. And if you’re still struggling to get your brain in gear, remember: there’s an app for that.

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      Featured photo credit: Kelly Sikkema via unsplash.com

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