Northwest Vista College Educates Consumers on the Effects of Higher Education on Health and Longevity

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Northwest Vista College in San Antonio, Texas educates consumers on some of the added benefits of pursuing higher education. Many scientists believe that there is a connection between lifelong learning and education, and well-being and happiness.

There is never a wrong time to enroll in school. In fact, people’s health and happiness may depend on it. In an increased effort to educate consumers on the health and longevity benefits of higher education, the staff at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio, Texas recently revealed several studies that show that obtaining an education enhances health and increases happiness. If people continue to engage and challenge their minds, they can live a longer fulfilling life.

According to the U.S. News and World Report, people with more education get better jobs that pay more money, are less physically demanding, and provide more enjoyment. They live in safer neighborhoods, practice healthier lifestyles, and have less stress.

Not only can getting an education lead to happiness, but it can also improve health. Research by psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has shown that people totally engaged in educational pursuits can trigger healthful changes in their brain chemistry and respiratory patterns.

Even in old age, people’s brains have more plasticity to adapt than previously thought. Most scientists believe that there is a connection between lifelong learning and education, and well-being and happiness. In a study performed in 2000, the National Bureau of Economic Research found that the life expectancy of people with some college is longer than people with high school degrees.

"I think most social scientists would put their money on education as the most important factor in ensuring longer lives," says psychologist Laura Carstensen, director of the Stanford Center on Longevity.

Northwest Vista College believes that it is never too late to pursue higher education and provides a professional continuing education department for those interested in taking college classes without earning a degree.

Northwest Vista College’s Continuing Education Department is committed to providing the necessary professional development tools needed to reach the individual’s potential in the workplace through continuing education. For further information about Northwest Vista College, visit the college’s website at http://www.alamo.edu/nvc/continuing-education.

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Northwest Vista College (NVC) is one of the five Alamo Colleges located in San Antonio, Texas. The college is situated on 137 beautiful acres near SeaWorld® San Antonio, and offers state-of-the-art facilities, with award winning faculty and staff. At NVC the mission is to create opportunities for success for individuals of all ages. Open enrollment programs encompass four broad areas: Continuing Education (CE), English as a Second Language (ESL), Corporate Training, and Community Education. Classes are convenient, affordable and designed to give individualized attention and interaction to reach goals. For more information visit their website at alamo.edu/nvc/continuing-education.

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