July 28, 2016 by Live And Invest Overseas
Move Abroad… Become Smarter
Paul and I recently watched, with a few expat friends, the hit movie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”
We all chuckled at the trials and triumphs of older expats moving abroad. In the movie, India offers a colorful and exotic backdrop to personal dramas. The characters redefine themselves and choose how they want to live.
Moving overseas allows us exactly this privilege—to redefine ourselves. And the good news, from neuro-scientific studies, is that we fine-tune our brains and become more creative when we move abroad. According to a 2009 study on creativity in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, “The foreign sojourn has to be long enough to challenge your habitual ways of thinking and living. People who had lived abroad performed better on creative problems and tasks.”
Paul and I are now 67. We moved to Argentina when we were 31. In those days we wondered if we might be too old to learn Spanish. Still, we made an effort. We immersed ourselves in activities where very few people spoke English. We studied and struggled, studied and struggled, and studied and struggled some more. Eventually we reached the point where speaking Spanish became
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