In many ways, life is more complicated than ever. It seems that we're in a constant state of flux, constantly challenged by one change or another.
The good news is, as George Couros puts it, "Change is an opportunity to do something amazing."
Much of what's amazing comes out of learning, of taking advantage of the wealth of opportunity to gain new knowledge or skills through study, experience, or education. We're all familiar with traditional school learning, and many of us continue to learn by reading, traveling, trying new things, and conversing with others.
Thanks to the internet, we also have a host of FREE ready-made learning opportunities at our fingertips. Here are three that come highly recommended by Business Insider and U.S. News.
Looking for something more personal and practical, then check out the following webinars/webcasts/videos:
"Lifelong learning is like a never-ending personal revolution."
One of the greatest pleasures in life is bringing a smile to a baby's face. Though we can stimulate that smile by tickling, we also trigger it by making a funny face... or just plain smiling. Through shared smiles, we bond and connect; we create empathy with one another (WikiUniversity).
Bonding with others is only one of the benefits of a smile and related humorous activities such as laughter. Denise Driscoll, RN, MPH, of the Humor Exchange, shared those benefits at our September Memory Cafe. She's given me permission to share them here with you.
Laughter (the most obvious indicator of humor) provides physical, emotional, and cognitive benefits. According to researchers (Driscoll; Laughter Online University), laughter can
Denise invites you all to THE HUMOR EXCHANGE at the Advocate Condell Centre Club: Education Room, 1405 North Hunt Club Road, Gurnee, IL. Meetings are FREE OF CHARGE though reservations are requested: 800-323-8622.
This month's HUMOR EXCHANGE is this Thursday, October 12, from 7-9 PM. Click here to download flyer.
"Like a welcome summer rain,
humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you."
Fall may be the season that appeals most to ALL our senses: the taste of a just-picked apple, the sound of dry leaves rustling beneath our feet, the sight of vibrant colors on the trees, the smell of a pumpkin pie baking in the oven, the feel of a cool breeze against the skin.
Sensory experiences and memory form strong bonds (Nature). That makes fall a great time for creating new memories and for summoning joyful ones from the past.
Though there are many ways to experience your own personal Fallapalooza at home, here's a list of local and not-too-far-away opportunities to stimulate your fall sensory experience:
Fall is also Craft Show time! If you're a crafter, a shopper, or just love to look... click here for a list of nationwide list of upcoming craft shows.
Did you know? If getting out is a physical challenge for you or your loved one, consider borrowing a transport chair from one of the Lending Closets operated by local townships and cities. Click here to find a Lending Closet in Northeast Illinois. (If you live elsewhere, contact your local township or Senior Center.) PS: They may also have other assistive devices that would be helpful.
Going somewhere just too much... or not enough of a personal event? Click herefor an additional list of ideas for enhancing your fall experience. You don't want to miss this opportunity to make or relive a memory.
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.