I don’t know about you, but I intend to keep “thinking young” for decades.
As scientific research has shown, there’s a way you can keep your brain youthful and healthy in a way that’s fun and doesn’t involve eating a mountain of walnuts.
Babies’ brains grow at a rapid pace when they’re learning how to communicate. And our brain grows, too, in this same way when we learn a new language.
Sewing, complicated math, learning to play the guitar—none of these things actually increase the physical mass of our brain the way learning a new language does.
What’s more, learning a new language increases the number of neural pathways in your brain, providing other benefits, too…
And better memory.
These developments occur no matter the language-learner’s age.
A recent study in the journal Neurology demonstrated that the brains of bilingual Alzheimer’s patients’ retain cognitive functions longer than those of their monolingual peers.
And another published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that the brains of seniors who know more than one language work much more efficiently, “more like those of young adults”.
It’s never too late to start learning a new language, and the effects on your brain’s health can be remarkable.
I know it sounds crazy, but it works.
How great would it be to speak another language before Christmas?