Never underestimate the benefits of a good education. Thomas Jefferson would have hit the nail on the head if he had written “life, liberty, and the pursuit of health and education” in the Declaration of Independence instead of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” “
Education, health and happiness are inextricably linked, according to a growing body of research pointing to a direct link between education and quality of life. A conversation about quality of life would certainly have to include references to strength, stamina, strength…all by-products of good health.
The highway of education is paved with a fundamental and far-reaching approach to learning that creates knowledge on a variety of subjects, including health. Once you have the knowledge, it becomes much easier to make the right decisions about health and everything else throughout your life.
“Knowledge is power,” wrote author Veronica Roth. Knowledge opens doors, overcomes barriers and levels the playing field. Without it, we wander through life unaware of the possibilities around us and the choices that lie ahead. With it, we are able to see the good and the bad in things and make decisions based on observation, intelligence, and sound judgment.
After learning the concept of healthy living, and as is the case with many of life’s daily tasks when accompanied by knowledge, an educational process ignites within us. Since our brain has picked up information that is important to being healthy, let’s start learning how to be healthy. The cycle continues.
To answer the questions that arise from this new awareness, we then focus on the things that help us achieve our goal of achieving and maintaining well-being. Suddenly, our brain is prompting our body to make the necessary adjustments that can encourage a healthy lifestyle within us. In a short time, health becomes something you think about more than when you have to.
Health is primarily defined as “a state of complete emotional and physical well-being”. Achieving optimal health and well-being is a challenge for everyone, educated or not. However, having the knowledge necessary to achieve and maintain good health is a perfect example of how learning can positively impact every aspect of your daily life.
dr Seuss got it right: “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more things you learn, the more places you will visit.”
Ideally a lifelong process, learning stimulates the brain, triggers a physical response, and helps to find almost limitless avenues of education. Education, in turn, creates a foundation for life that almost unconsciously translates into limitless aspects of life, including health and well-being.
Numerous studies demonstrate the importance and long-term benefits of early childhood education for a person’s well-being. According to the Economic Opportunity Institute, “early childhood learning plays a critical role in elementary education. By focusing on preventive and protective factors in early childhood, quality care and information can help children grow up healthy.”
The report goes on to say: “…quality early childhood education and care before the age of five has been found to be associated with the improvement of a range of educational and social interventions, some of which have been documented many years after care .”
While there is evidence that genetic traits patterned into our DNA certainly play a role in health and longevity, addressing the core issue of education – early and continued engaged learning – can have a wide range of positive benefits for the brain, body, and for society in general.
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