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When was the last time you did something new?

The wonder of doing something big for the first time can be so exhilarating! And it can add years to your life. Scientists have found that the brain is hardwired to enjoy new things and challenges. New experiences and challenges stimulate the brain to produce dopamine as you go into problem-solving mode. Increased dopamine acts like adrenalin, giving you that “high” feeling of exhilaration, and it affects movement, motivation and the feeling of pleasure. Without dopamine, we experience a decline in memory, cognitive functions and attention. Also, it has been proven that major depression is associated with a state of reduced dopamine transmission. This is why I love traveling so much because it inspires me! To make life count, we must bring new experiences into our lives on a regular basis. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, safe inside our comfort zone where life is familiar and often just mediocre. It takes work to explore something new, but it’s oh so worth the effort. Doing something new doesn’t have to be huge, but it can change your life as it brings you joy and enthusiasm that lights up your soul. What is something you’ve always wanted to do? Here are a few ideas. Learn a new language Write poetry, or even a book Take a painting class Take a trip to a new destination Go bungee-jumping Go scuba-diving Draw with your non-dominant hand Change careers What new thing will you do this week? How will you continually have fresh and challenging activities in your life that keep you happy and healthy? Don’t get stuck in a rut. Do something you’ve never done and experience the wonder God has in store for you.

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