You are never too old to learn something new. In fact a study in 2012 conducted by the journal Health Affairs found that people who are more educated tend to live longer. But you don’t need to go back to school to reap benefits of education. Instead, you can learn something new every day with these five methods.

Subscribe to educational email newsletters

There are email newsletters available for almost anything you would want to learn, and many of them are daily, which means learning something new every day is as simple as opening your inbox. A few examples: Today I Found Out and Now I Know teach you about weird history. offers a Word of the Day email, and The New York Times and other news outlets offer daily news recaps. You can also do an online search for the term “daily newsletter”, and sign up for whatever you are interested in.

Break a big task into little chunks

You might feel like you don’t have time to learn what you really want to, whether it’s something like playing a guitar, speaking a new language or building furniture. Mastering a new skill – or even just getting adept at it – can be daunting, since it can take hundreds or even thousands of hours. But if you can break the task down by setting aside just half hour each day, you might be surprised how quickly and easily you’ll pick it up

Try a new recipe every day

Cooking is a great skill to have – it can help you save money, impress friends and woo potential mates. If you’re learning how to cook, challenge yourself to make one new recipe every day. It doesn’t need to be complicated – it could even be a different way to dress up that leftover chicken into a sandwich. But if you try one new recipe every day, you will have a huge repertoire of dishes – and great cooking skills to match.

Have a “fun fact” exchange with a friend

If you have a friend who also wants to learn new things, try a daily fact exchange with each other. You can do it over email, the phone or if you work together, write our cards and put them on each other’s desk. You can even make it into a contest, trying to stump the other person with facts he or she hasn’t heard before.

Visit the library

You don’t need to go to the library with the intention of checking out a specific book. Instead, you can visit the library to read magazines, check out the day’s newspaper or even just browse the stacks until you see a title that catches your eye. This is an especially great option if you live or work near a library and can hop over on your lunch break or after work.

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