A research suggests that exercising your brain from childhood through old age is important for brain health in old age. It found that people who participated in mentally stimulating activities until late in life had a slower rate of decline in memory compared to those who did not participate in such activities across their lifetime.
September 26th was proclaimed European Day of Languages by the Council of Europe eight years ago.
One goal of this day is to raise public awareness to the importance of language learning in order to increase the intercultural understanding. Language study also promotes the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe.
Having learned several languages myself I experienced this “side effect” of receiving a precious, deep insight in another culture. Learning languages really boosts the intercultural understanding because you learn how people of this culture express their thoughts and emotions. This is one of the most intense and probably fastest ways to get to know about another culture.
Everybody who takes the time and effort to learn a new language deserves esteem. It’s an important step to realize intercultural esteem because knowing each other creates mutual esteem.
Human beings learn from each other. As children we learn from our parents, teachers and schoolmates.
We learn from others our entire lives.
There is no doubt that our development depends on the role-models we have in front of us.
Considering this we can say that esteem as a role-model creates more esteem. When children experience that their parents live esteem toward others, then they learn to do just the same.
You can be a role-model as a parent when you live esteem toward your children. When children get a “thank you” for being helpful, they’ll do the same in return.
Esteem as a role-model has a significant impact on children as well as the parents who give them esteem.
We should never stop learning, it’s a very important part of life. Whether it’s reading a book, attending a class, or just a new way to do something old.
When we want to learn something new, often it’s best to have an expert teacher. Teaching is generally a very esteemful activity because the teacher shares his knowledge with others. A teacher that has something great to share hopes that their knowledge is disseminated to the widest possible audience.
Workshops are a growing opportunity for learning. In a workshop, both teacher and students have the opportunity to share information and therefore learn. Both sides give and get esteem by being thankful through giving and getting knowledge.
Workshops are even more esteemful when they cover a theme relating to the future and to a better life. Cob cottages is one great example for esteemful workshops.
Self-esteem is the opinion we have about ourselves. When we are happy with what we’re doing in life then our self-esteem is high. When we doubt our abilities or doubt that we’re a precious person our self-esteem is low.
Most often people find themselves somewhere between high and low levels of self-esteem.
There is an approach, however, that can keep our self-esteem on the higher level. That approach is continuous learning.
To make learning a positive experience it’s important that whatever we learn it should be of interest us. Real learning means we find the subjects that suit our abilities. Having discovered what we enjoy makes learning immediately more interesting and exciting.
The more we put our attention on subjects we’re interested in, the more we’ll learn almost automatically – and the more we’ll keep our self-esteem high.
17-year-old Stephen was tired of school and tired of learning. Nothing in his schooling interested him any longer. He’d rather spend his time watching classic Hollywood films. In fact, Stephen is a huge movie buff and his knowledge of films is impressive.
One day his English teacher announced a project for the class. Stephen was barely paying attention until he heard the word “film”. The project is to be a student film about the life of Edgar Allan Poe. Stephen asks his teacher if he can be the director. A quick discussion between Stephen, the other students and their teacher reveals the depth of Stephen’s knowledge about film and he’s unanimously voted to be the director.
During the project Stephen develops an incredible energy. He learns everything he needs to know about making a film. He reads also a lot about Edgar Allan Poe – who otherwise wouldn’t have been interesting for him. He is fascinated by his poetry and learns easily about the poets life. Seeing this his self-esteem grows.
Thanks to Stephen’s efforts the project is a great success. Everybody congratulates him and encourages him to go further on this way toward becoming a film-maker. His enthusiasm for learning is refueled by the esteem he gets. He now knows what he wants and finds joy in learning again.
To make esteem more visible in our daily life we’ll frequently write little stories about esteem in daily life. The stories are invented by us, but we hope that you can discover your own experiences in them.
Telling stories makes a concept more animated. Our lives aren’t theories, they are stories. Each of us has his own stories – hopefully yours are good stories.
Our first little story goes like this:
Thomas, a ten year old boy, needed to do his math homework. Being an imaginative young man, he becomes bored by the equations and looks out the window toward his favorite tree. He loves to sit on one of its thick branches and to read books from the library. In a journal he secretly writes about his life. Often he writes poems to describe his feelings.
After a while, his mother comes into his room and asks him if he finished his homework. He sighs and says no, so his mother sits on his side and helps him with the problems He is so happy for her assistance with his homework that he tells her about his poems. She immediately asks if she can hear them and is surprised how great they are.
Thomas is proud when he hears his mother speaking with so much esteem toward his poems. Now he has the courage to write more because his talent is esteemed.
When a young boy receives esteem for doing the things he loves, this gives him self-esteem.
When you learn something which interests you then you learn fast and without any problem. You give esteem to a topic which is close to your heart, which catches your whole interest.
The other side is that you get esteem for your knowledge when you demonstrate such rapid growth in knowledge.
I guess that everybody going through school had made this experience. Learning with esteem makes all the difference!