At some stage everyone sits back during a quiet (or maybe a super busy) time of their lives and wishes they knew more about something, or had some additional skills, or knew enough of the basics to start a new hobby. Continuing your personal growth journey is a must for getting ahead in life or just making the most out of your free time. Learning new skills has been scientifically proven to improve mental wellbeing and people who continually challenge new parts of their brains have been shown to live longer. Whether you’re looking for personal growth or for something to boost your CV appeal, here are six courses that should be on your wisdom and knowledge bucket list:
Without a doubt, this is THE course everyone should do. With any luck you will never have to use the skills you learn, but on that day that you do, you will be forever grateful that you took the time out of your busy life to do it. General CPR and first aid courses are available almost everywhere. If this is something that sparks a passion in you, you can go on to do advanced first aid courses, courses on mountain and sea rescue and even volunteer fire fighting.
Learning a new language, even just a few introductory phrases, can change your travelling experience or enrich your next visit to a local Chinese market. Have a grasp of the languages spoken in your country can also be a big plus on your resume and improve your working environment.
Nothing lifts a mood better than sharing a fabulous meal, especially if you’ve cooked it yourself. There are cooking courses for every skill level. Learn the basics or something specialized, 5-star techniques or authentic exotic dishes.
If your father (or mother) didn’t pass down those skills necessary to change a lightbulb or rewire a plug, then this should definitely be on your “what should I learn in my free time” list. It will not only save you from having to phone a friend or get an expensive expert out, but it will give you a confidence boost to boot!
There are millions of memories captured on smartphones every day, and a huge proportion of those people wish they could capture those Insta worthy moments they have seen splashed everywhere on social media. The good news is that there are online and in-person courses that can show you exactly how to make your BFF envious. Life is short and the moments pass quickly – if you take a course you know you’ll capture every one of them perfectly.
Okay, so this is a bit out there for some people, but it’s a real thing and has an exponentially growing following. That means there must be something in it, right? If you’re not sure, then watch a few online videos and podcasts before deciding. Mindfulness and meditation coaching are offered in yoga studios, on podcast channels, at Buddhist retreats and even online, so there’s something that suits everyone’s availability and budget.
Learning new skills has been scientifically proven to improve mental wellbeing and people who continually challenge new parts of their brains have been shown to live longer.