3 Reasons to Invest in Yourself

by Miranda Marquit · 0 comments

Self-improvement is one of those things that many of us don’t really think of as an investment. After all, our efforts to improve ourselves often cost money. Whether you are paying for music lessons or paying for an Audible account so you can listen to helpful books, self-improvement often comes with a monetary cost — and few tangible benefits.

Before you decide that self-improvement is a waste of time, however, here are 3 good reasons to invest in yourself:

1. Keep Your Mind Sharp

Self-improvement is one good way to keep your mind sharp. Studies indicate that your mind can benefit from learning new things. Whether you are keeping up with a hobby, taking a class at the local university or just remaining well-informed, you can keep your mind sharp with the help of self-improvement. Engaging your mind keeps it elastic and can slow the effects of time and age on your brain.

On top of that, you can also battle anxiety and depression with the help of self-improvement activities. This can help your mental health in the long run, even if you don’t see a lot of immediate financial benefit. Consider investing in yourself in a way that keeps your mind sharp, and you’ll be glad you did for years to come.

2. Make New Connections

Your efforts to improve yourself can lead to new connections. When you take a class or pick up a new hobby, there is a good chance that you will make new connections. Volunteer opportunities in your hometown can provide you with fulfillment and ways to improve yourself, as well as introduce you to new people.

Improving yourself in this way can lead to tangible financial benefits by expanding your network. The person sitting next to you in that community education class, or the person you meet while engaging in charitable work might be someone who can give you the inside track on a job opening or become your next business partner.

Not only can you benefit in your career and finances from making new connections, but your quality of life can also increase. Social interactions can help you feel better about yourself and feel more satisfied and connected in your life. Make it a point to get to know others while you are working on your self-improvement, and you find a number of benefits.

3. Enjoy Life More

You can’t put a price on a high quality of life. If you want to enjoy life more, take the time to invest in yourself. I know that my life is more interesting and satisfying when I am developing my music skills and learning interesting things about others than when I am watching TV. When I strive to improve my mind and my health, I feel more satisfied with where I am and what I’m doing. This goes a long way toward helping me avoid falling into the trap of “shopping therapy” and other escapes that lead to spending on things that I don’t really care about.

As you continue to improve yourself, consider it an investment in yourself and in your quality of life. You’ll see the returns — even if it doesn’t always have to do with money.

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