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No matter how you look at it, learning a new language will be a great advantage for anyone. With how much I travel, it’s actually going to be very beneficial to me. Whether you are considering a career in translation, or simply want to enrich your life, introducing a new language to your life can be very rewarding and profitable. Not only can you enjoy travels to the country of your dreams, you may even be able to pay your own way by acting as a translator.
For years, scientists said that you could not do anything to increase your own IQ. The classic wisdom concerning IQ was that each person is born with a set IQ, and nothing will increase that number.
However, studies done over the last two decades have shown that there are 2 ways to increase your IQ. Those two ways are to learn to play an instrument and to learn a new language. This actually seems to make sense, because music is, itself, a separate language, with its own unique symbols.
Babies that learn sign language, according to a study done in 1989, have an IQ about 12 points higher than their peers.
School children who study a foreign language in elementary school also score higher on IQ tests. They also score higher on other types of academic testing, such as the Ross test which calculates cognitive functioning.
Bloom’s taxonomy, which is the gradation of abilities in relation to mastery of information, ranks the most advanced cognitive skill as that of being able to evaluate information. Students who have had the longest training in foreign languages rank higher, more consistently, than students who have not learned a foreign language.
Adults and Language
Even adults can increase their IQ through learning a foreign language. For many years, it was believed that only children could improve with the exposure to other languages. While it may be easier at younger ages, adults, too, can actually gain IQ points by learning an instrument or a language.
While most studies have focused on the benefits of language studies at an early age, studies done in the last decade have proven that adults, too, can benefit from these studies.
In studies done on people who have evidenced onset of Alzheimer’s, those who engage their brains actively in complex linguistic tasks such as learning a new language fare better than their counterparts who do not. Learning a new language can keep your brain healthier and slow down the progress of dementia.
Employment in Translation
In fact, many adults have found a whole new career in the field of translation. Newly developed skills with a foreign language are very marketable in today’s global economy. Many companies want someone who can translate website information or prepare newsletters and emails in another language. In addition, most police departments, hospitals, court systems, and school systems have intense need for translators in various languages.
When you combine the benefits to your brain with the added employment opportunities, learning a new language makes a lot of sense. You can be smarter, healthier, and richer – what could be wrong with that?
Sometimes taking a detox retreat can be a way to lose weight, cleanse your body, and generally make yourself work hard to improve your health. The word “detox” may bring harsh realities to mind, but the truth is, a detox retreat can make you feel better than you have for a long time. You’ll leave the retreat with better health and the education necessary to maintain that health. With more energy, you can improve your lifestyle. Here are some pointers for treating a detox retreat as a holiday.
Cleanse Your Body
Let’s get the least pleasant feature of a detox retreat out of the way, first. Cleansing toxins from the body can be stressful. Most people who do a detox have to go on with their daily life at the same time. Family, home, and work will not wait for a person to run to the bathroom. This can be one of the biggest stumbling blocks to going through a detox routine at home. In addition, the person going through a cleanse still needs to feed the family, even if he or she can’t eat the meal.
That’s why a detox retreat is the perfect solution. You will have no responsibilities other than taking care of yourself. Your meals will be prepared for you, and any physical activity will be planned to mesh well with your detox plan. You just can’t find a better, less stressful way to cleanse your body than at a detox retreat.
While you are at your detox retreat, you can lose weight. Keep in mind that these retreats serve healthy foods. In fact, menus are often planned to accommodate special dietary needs such as gluten free, diabetic, or vegan preferences. What a great holiday that would be! You could dine, at every meal, on food prepared specifically for you. In addition, most detox retreats coordinate your diet with your physical activity. If you select a particularly strenuous weight loss diet, the counselors will recommend a less strenuous physical fitness plan. If, however, you want to focus on getting in shape, your detox plan will include more strenuous exercises.
Physical activity on a detox retreat is specially designed for various levels of detox. For people trying to lose weight, the physical exercise may be more demanding. However, a person going through a detox may want less demanding workouts. Yoga, massages, and workouts in the gym can work together with local hiking and kayaking for a great retreat.
Focus on You
Your holiday at a detox retreat can help you focus on you. It’s easy to neglect your own health and fitness regimen when you he focusing on those around you. A holiday that focuses on healthy food, meditation, and appropriate exercise can get you back on your feet. You’ll be stronger, healthier, and better prepared to maintain your health, too.
For your next holiday, plan a detox retreat. Whether you go by yourself or take the whole family, you’ll go home feeling better and stronger.