5 Valuable Skills Every Millennial Should Pick Up

31 Dec 2018 Posted in ⟨For Learners⟩

The ‘skill gap’ as we know it today, between millennials and the generation before, usually focuses on bridging the gap in technical skills and all things digital. But what about life away from our computers and devices? Would millennials still have the upper hand? Here are five essential life skills millennials should learn about.

1) Getting Around Without a GPS

Before Google Maps, people could get around unfamiliar places just fine. Improving your orientation skills does not mean that you start using paper maps. Go ahead and Google that destination to have a rough idea of where you’re headed, but try to memorise the routes, and when in doubt, simply approach the nearest friendly face for directions! You never know – this little exercise could help you overcome your shyness around strangers.

2) Splitting the Bill Without a Calculator

Armed with a smartphone, simple calculations are made even simpler at the push of a button. There is no question about the convenience it brings, but using a shortcut like this means robbing your brain of the regular stimulations it needs to stay in shape. Neurobiologist Dr. Lawrence Katz explains that “mental decline is not usually from loss of brain cells as much as it is from loss of communication between brain cells.” So the next time you’re splitting the bill, put aside that calculator and exercise your mental muscles instead. Your older self will thank you for it.

3) Learning to Write Beautifully

When was the last time you wrote instead of typed? Chances are, it wasn’t that long ago. Most of us still write in some way: keeping notes, jotting down random thoughts and signing important documents. While it’s possible to differentiate one man’s penmanship from another, did you know that your handwriting also contains clues to your health? If having a pretty handwriting isn’t on your list of priorities, perhaps this would encourage you to pick up the pen more often.

4) Reading a Book Cover to Cover

Some may argue that it’s not necessary to read a book from beginning to end. Nonetheless, studies have shown that any form of reading improves your mood, critical thinking skills, sense of empathy, among other health and cognitive benefits. Want to make the best of it? Check out these tips to help you read cover to cover so you can better absorb all the goodness that comes from a good book!

5) Holding a Conversation Without Distractions

With social media, you may be talking to people every day, but are you truly communicating? When you’re in a room with other people, are you able to go beyond the banalities of small talks and speak in a way that they will listen? Hear it from the experts in this illuminating TED Talk playlist to learn the ingredients of a great conversation and find more tips here to help you master the art of meaningful conversation.


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