Trying New Things
The world is full of new and exciting things to try. There is a certain kind of freedom, or renegade quality, to living by the words ‘variety is the spice of life’ or ‘try everything once’. Studies say that people who engage in a variety of experiences are more likely to retain positive emotions and minimize negative ones than people who have fewer experiences. Doing unique, random, different, and even ridiculous things is a good way to exercise the mind and promote new ways of thinking about the world around us. Research states that one hour of increased brain activity by experiencing new stimuli can make you smarter, more energetic, more creative, more sociable, and more open to new experiences and ways of thinking. These are some of the endless numbers of activities that can stimulate your brain. The key ingredients are to be open to new experiences, and changes in previous ways of thinking about these experiences. You can try a different kind of music than the one you normally listen to you can try to learn a new skill or learn about a culture that you are not familiar with or even just memorize the entire value of Pi. The choice of what new thing one can do is endless. Setbacks or failures don’t have to make you afraid. They can be the force that motivates you to change the way you think about failure, and that can turn your life in a positive new direction.
In our continual efforts to better ourselves and improve our lifestyle, we should try new things. But before we do, we should consider the consequences of our actions. Will trying something new get you closer to your goals and your life purpose? For example, trying a new dish for dinner made up of a balanced diet of vegetables and fruits to replace a McDonald’s meal, would be a good choice whereas trying cigarettes may lead to all kinds of social and physical problems, which would clearly not be a good choice.