Skip Navigation

Adventure is good for our brains

39 days to go

I’ve been on another little adventure today scrambling around some rocks which I absolutely loved.

Dictionary definitions for adventure include:

Noun – an unusual and exciting or daring experience / Verb – to engage in daring or risky activity

Whilst the word adventure might conjure up thoughts of climbing mountains, sailing boats between continents or taking a trip down the Amazon, we all have different ambitions and goals and anything new, unusual or exciting to you comes well within the scope.

This is important because any adventure has the potential to improve our brain health. Here’s why.

Whenever we start to learn something new our brains have to adapt themselves to help us perform the new task whether that be mental or physical. The more we practice the new skill the more our neurons find more efficient pathways that help us refine our new skill.  At first, learning a musical instrument feels very clunky and labour-intense as our fingers struggle to find the keys or strings that correspond to the note we wish to produce, and there’s the part the eyes play in reading the music. Over time the process becomes more fluid and we make music.

This is an adventure for the brain. It loves learning new things. We humans are evolved to be curious and to challenge ourselves.

We also derive pleasure and feel good as our adventurous experience satisfies the reward centres in the brain. It also gives us a feeling of confidence when we’ve achieved something and motivates us to try something else.

If you keep trying new adventures then your brain will become sharper with the constant challenge of being tasked differently and change comes more quickly to it. This can help you adapt more quickly in other areas of your life.

Try a little adventure for yourself…..what have you always thought about doing but never got around to it?

You're never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream