Novelty is good

Published by Lori Pickert on November 7, 2011 at 12:15 AM

The muppets are in Wired magazine doling out life advice, including how to rejuvenate your relationship. Interesting tidbits include

"Take on a new challenge and the excitement of tackling it will rub off on your relationship."

and

"Novel or exciting pursuits also stimulate the brain to pump out more dopamine."

Novel and exciting pursuits — they make you happy, and they strengthen your relationships. Not just your spousal relationships, I’m guessing.

Do you make regular time for doing something new and challenging? Do you include your kids?

2 comments

Comment by Tracy on November 7, 2011 at 01:20 PM

At the age of 46, I have recently begun learning to play the cello and I'm loving every mentally and physically challenging moment of it! My children have played instruments for years, and they're incredibly encouraging and supportive of my efforts. The way I see it, I may have had a late start, but if I'm lucky, I've still got about 40 years of playing left in me :-)

Here's something that really resonated with me: I recently read of a man who'd just graduated from medical school at age 72. He said that back when he started med-school he clearly understood it was going to be a long hard road, but his kids had tried to talk him out of it - pointing out that he'd be 72 before he got his MD. But, he said, he realized that regardless of whether or not he went to med school, soon enough he was going to turn 72 anyway. So what would he rather be at 72? A doctor? Or just some old guy who'd let his dreams slip away?

That's the heart of it for me.

Comment by Lori Pickert on November 7, 2011 at 09:43 PM

tracy, that is wonderful — thank you so much for sharing your story! and you definitely have the right attitude. :)

that story about the 72yo man is exactly what ann landers or dear abby (i forget which one) advised someone years and years ago — you'll be X years old *anyway*, so why should that discourage you from chasing your dream? i think this country is obsessed with youth and we sometimes discount the middle/later years — but they're still full of living to be done.

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