What is Lifelong Learning?

What is Lifelong Learning?

Lifelong learning’  is defined as the “ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated”  pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Therefore, it not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development, but also self-sustainability, rather than competitiveness and employability.

The concept of Lifelong Learning was introduced in Denmark as early as in 1971.

The term recognises that learning is not confined to childhood or the classroom but takes place throughout life and in a range of situations.

During the last fifty years, constant scientific and technological innovation and has had a profound effect on learning needs and styles. Learning can no longer be divided into a place and time to acquire knowledge (school!) and a place and time to apply the knowledge acquired (the workplace!).

Instead, learning can be seen as something that takes place on an ongoing basis from our daily interactions with others and with the world around us. It can take the form of formal learning or informal learning, or self-directed learning.

The concept of lifelong learning has become of vital importance with the emergence of new technologies that change how we receive and gather information, collaborate with others, and communicate.

The emergence of Web 2.0 technologies has great potential to support lifelong learning endeavours, allowing for informal, just-in-time, day-to-day learning.  In order to survive and thrive, organisations and individuals must be able to adjust, and enhance their knowledge and skills to meet evolving needs. This means the most important thing someone can learn is how to learn.

In India and elsewhere, the “University of the Third Age” (U3A) provides an example of the almost spontaneous emergence of autonomous learning groups accessing the expertise of their own members in the pursuit of knowledge and shared experience. No prior qualifications and no subsequent certificates feature in this approach to learning for its own sake and, as participants testify, engagement in this type of learning in later life can indeed ‘prolong active life’.

In Sweden the successful concept of study circles, an idea launched almost a century ago, still represents a large portion of the adult education provision. A study circle is one of the most democratic forms of a learning environment that has been created. There are no teachers and the group decides on what content will be covered, scope will be used, as well as a delivery method.

The learner in this system is not restricted by time, space or age. A learner can think and learn at his own will, at his own place and at any time whenever he/she feels free to learn.

Light Therapy and Jet Lag

Light Therapy and Jet Lag

Jet lag can be a major problem when traveling abroad whether you’re going on holiday or for work. It takes your body one day per time zone to adjust. Putting that in perspective, if you’re going on holiday to California for a week, you’ll still be suffering from jet lag by the time you leave. 

Jet lag, or dysrhythmia, occurs after east-west air travel when your body clock isn’t synchronised with your new time zone. It can disrupt more than 50 physiological and psychological rhythms. Unfortunately it also gets worse with age particularly after age 50. Unaided, it takes your body one day per time zone to readjust. It may take 2 to 3 weeks to completely realign your rhythms. Until recently, jet lag was dismissed as merely an unpleasant side effect of air travel. New research suggests that it may also cause memory loss, shrinkage of parts of the brain and negative side effects on blood pressure. The good news is: it can now be virtually eliminated.

Clinical research conducted at NASA and elsewhere demonstrates that with a properly timed exposure to bright light in specific wavelengths, and a similarly timed avoidance of light, it is possible to safely and efficiently shift our body clock up to 6 time zones in 1 day, and up to 12 time zones in 2 days. With proper use of light therapy your energy, mood, concentration, performance and sleep patterns can all be reset to your new time zone in as little as 60 minutes.

What is special about the light therapy in preventing jet-lag?

Traditionally, light therapy meant sitting in front of a large light-box (about the size of a regular mirror) and looking directly into it for an hour. While effective, it was awkward, boring and time consuming. Thankfully, the light therapy glasses are revolutionising light therapy and making it quick and incredibly easy.

The glasses size and built-in rechargeable battery means it can be used anywhere; on a train, aero plane, or simply at your  desk or table at home or work.  You are free to get on with other things such as eating breakfast  or reading a newspaper. It has never been so easy to get the light you need into your routine.

How to use light therapy glasses in preventing jet-lag?

  • TRAVELING EAST: Seek bright light in the morning (destination time).
  • TRAVELING WEST: Seek bright light in the evening (destination time).
  • TYPICAL EXPOSURE TIME: Day of travel – 30 to 60 minutes. Second day – 15 to 30 minutes.

LIGHT AVOIDANCE: Avoid bright light (sunlight) at specific times. This is just AS IMPORTANT as seeking bright light at specific times.

If you receive exposure to bright light at the wrong time, you WILL make your jet lag worse – your body clock could end up Tokyo time instead of Paris time! It is not critical to avoid interior light, such as in a hotel room, office, or restaurant, although many frequent travellers report best results when they avoid any source of light during specified times.

What is Art?

What is Art?

Thankfully this question can never be answered.  For centuries, art has been classified and labeled.  There have been periods, schools, visions, techniques…..  By breaking with traditional classifications, WELLSENSE would like to present a fresh and original approach to art and a celebration of this rich and muti-faceted culture.  So no!  Art shall not be defined. There are no rules.

Art is another way of making sense of the world.  In your home, choose a piece of art that you really like and have it somewhere/anywhere you can see it every day, just hanging around, loitering in your life, as opposed to grandly! on show.  Remember you are only trying to impress yourself.

Art can be anything that makes you feel good, that lifts your heart, that brings you comfort.  For me, it is the image of a piece of luggage lingering in my hallway, waiting to wheel me out to explore my world.  Luggage turns me on.

For you, it might be a painting, a sculpture, a piece you picked up at a market, in a junk store, an object that reminds you of your childhood.   If it reminds you of a personal memory,  If it means something to you, if it evokes positive thoughts and wellbeing, if it touches you, it is art!  it is your art.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Pablo Picasso

The aim of the artist is usually to create a piece the excites our senses.  They try to dig deep into our psyche, our primitive side.  Naturally each of us responds differently based on our unique likes/dislikes, life experience, but when we succeed in harmonising with a piece of art, it is like a key unlocking our inner selves.

We all have a creative spark and let no one tell you otherwise.  For human beings are naturally creative people.  Creativity is often left up to artists and taken out of everyday life….of living.  It can manifest itself daily in the most simplest of tasks such as writing a letter, arranging some freshly picked flowers,  dressing a table for dinner, dressing yourself for dinner, undressing yourself in the name of…..


Does Your Sleep Position Reveal Your Personality?

Does Your Sleep Position Reveal Your Personality?

Professor Chris Idzikowski, Director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service at the Edinburgh Sleep Centre in Scotland, has analyzed six common sleeping positions and found that each is linked to a particular personality type.

“We are all aware of our body language when we are awake but this is the first time we have been able to see what our subconscious posture says about us. What’s interesting is that the profile behind the posture is often very different from what we would expect.”

Following are Professor Idzikowski’s findings, based on a survey taken by 1,000 participants.

The Fetus (41%)

Those who curl up in the fetal position are described as tough on the outside but sensitive at heart. They may be shy when they first meet somebody, but soon relax. This is the most common sleeping position, adopted by 41 percent of the survey participants. More than twice as many women as men tend to adopt this position.

The Log (15%)

The log is characterized by lying on your side with both arms down by your side. These sleepers are easygoing, social people who like being part of the in-crowd. They are trusting of strangers; however, they may be gullible.

The Yearner (13%)

People who sleep on their side with both arms out in front are said to have an open nature, but can be suspicious or cynical. They are slow to make up their minds, but once they have made a decision, they are unlikely ever to change it.

The Soldier (8%)

This position is characterized by lying on your back with both arms pinned to your sides. People who sleep in this position are generally quiet and reserved. They don’t like a fuss, but hold themselves and others to high standards.

The Freefall (7%)

People who lie on their front with their hands around the pillow and head turned to one side are often gregarious and brash. They can be nervy and thin-skinned underneath, and they don’t like criticism or extreme situations.

The remainder of those in the poll said the position in which they fell asleep varied or they did not know.