Science Says Traveling Makes You More Creative, Open-Minded And Humble12:20:00 PM
It's needless to say that traveling broadens the mind, but what many neglects to realize is that traveling is also good for the soul. A...
It's needless to say that traveling broadens the mind, but what many neglects to realize is that traveling is also good for the soul. According to science and psychology, travelling is good for you. Everyone should travel often in their lesser time. Travel expands your mind. You meet new people. You adapt to new situations. You become more globally and culturally aware. This is all good for your health because new experiences increase cognitive flexibility, keeping your mind sharp.
If you’re like 99% of the population, chances are you enjoy traveling. Distant places, different cultures, beautiful scenery – what’s not to like?!
But it isn’t just about checking things off our bucket list. Science is now showing that it literally changes our brain and outlook on life.
Here are 7 facts science has found about traveling, and it impacts on our minds:
1) It Boosts Your CreativityA recent study from the Academy of Management Journal found that people who worked overseas were more creative and motivated than those who stayed in the U.S.
It’s all about experiencing new cultures.
The study says:
“People who integrate a new culture into their identities are more creative in the long run.”
The study concluded that experiencing new cultures forces you to think differently and consider new ideas, which increases your ‘cognitive flexibility.'
2) It Builds Your TrustworthinessThe lead researcher on the previous study also found that people who travel often also have more “faith in humanity,”
“The more foreign countries people visit, the more their sense of generalized trust increases.”
Because when you travel you realize that despite the many cultural differences, all humans really are the same.
All we really want is happiness and security.
3) It Boosts Your Problem-Solving SkillsA study from the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that people who lived abroad were 20% more likely to solve the complex problem than those who didn’t.
Simply seeing different cultures and new ideas expand your brain. As a famous quote says:
‘The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.’
4) It Makes You More HumbleThe same journal found that it also makes you more humble. When you come across amazing landscapes and scenery like above, how could you not be humbled by such epicness?!
5) It Makes You More Open-MindedThe Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that people who traveled regularly were more open to new experiences.
This makes sense: The more open-minded you are, the more willing to experience different cultures and embrace new perspectives.
6) It Helps Us Find Who We Really AreTraveling to find yourself is HUGE.
When you’re at home, you get stuck in the same routines and don’t actually experience new things. Sometimes, we need to pause and go somewhere different to understand who we really are.
As Psychologist Toby Israel says:
“Taking a break from business, as usual, enables us to pause, contemplate our lives, and potentially re-route the path we are taking on our journey.”
7) It Makes You HappyPerhaps most important of all.
Several research studies have found that buying experiences instead of material objects makes you happier in the long run.
If this doesn’t convince you to travel, then what does?!