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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. H. Jackson Brown, Jr

Yes, the more you open to exciting experiences and leap into the bold world of adventure the more you will expand and enrich your mind, body, and spirit. For, example here are just a few of the gifts that receive from adventures.

Awe will fill your life and well-being.  When you’re immersed in the beauty of nature – on top of a mountain, deep in the ocean, peering out into a vast, unending desert, or immersed in a tranquil forest, you might experience newfound inspiration.

Why is Awe important for a richer and fuller life?

Awe – defined as “a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder” – is a natural byproduct of adventure. Awe helps us think about ourselves and our worries less and can lead to greater generosity, compassion, ethical decision-making, and other prosocial values.

Increased Intelligence

Did you know that adventure can improve your brain health and sharpen your mind? Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Georgetown University Abigail Marsh is known for the following quote:

“Over time, adventurous activities may improve your brain health…. That’s because you’re constantly learning, which creates new synapses and strengthens existing ones, a process known as neuroplasticity.”

Regular physical activity may help your brain grow. Your hippocampus specifically, which naturally shrinks as we age (leading to impaired memory and higher risk for dementia) can grow through regular physical activity – even into late adulthood!

Fulfillment and Joy

If you take a trip, train for a race, learn a new skill, or engage in another adventurous activity, you’ll likely feel more satisfied and fulfilled than if you didn’t.

Accomplishment leads to fulfillment and joy. So rather than turning your head and thinking, “l will do that next year,” take the plunge. Do the thing that lights you up. It might be more beneficial to you than you can imagine. Then when you’re done, you can proudly say, “I did that. That was hard, and I’m awesome.”

Do what some adventure ideas?

Check out the  List 120 Fun Adventure Ideas for People Wanting More from Life list will have one that fits your interest and growth.

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Judy Kundert

Judy Kundert, a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Excellence in Authorship award, loves storytelling, from folk and fairy tales to classics for elementary school children. She authors award-winning middle-grade novels designed to inspire and intrigue children. After she left her career as a United Airlines stewardess, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Master of Arts from DePaul University, Chicago. Most recently, she completed a master’s Certificate in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver. For fun, she likes reading (usually three or four books at a time), watching movies from the oldies to the current films, traveling, biking, and hiking in vast Colorado outdoors with her husband. Learn more at can find me at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains hiking, biking

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