Living abroad can bring you many benefits, among them, it is proven that those who have lived out for a while are able to boost their creativity levels, improve communication, increase the potential in the professional field, improve cognitive skills and even become more intelligent.
According to a study by INSEAD, Research Center and School of Business in France, states that individuals who had been immersed in multicultural environments were offered more jobs than those who had never lived outside. It also argues through its investigation that
“People who have international experiences or identify themselfs with more than one nationality are better at solving problems and show more creativity.
In addition, we find that people with international experience are more likely to create new business and product ideas and to be promoted “
When we are physically out of our confort zone we face new challenges making our mind to find outcomes and possibilities quicker.
Even daily tasks like shopping in a unknown country or speaking a second language stimulates our mind almost daily and can grow the brain size.
“learning a second language changes the shape and size of our brain by improving the cortical thickness- a layered mass of neurons responsible for thought, memory and consciousness”
We have asked other bloggers who have spent a season outside their home country or are currently living abroad about what they have achieved by doing so, here are their answers:
Polly of A Lively Mind
“The greatest thing I gained by moving abroad was confidence! Anybody who’s gone through this process will know just how challenging it can be… but overcoming those hurdles is an amazing feeling.
As an expat, I’ve achieved far more than I ever could have imagined, which has been a major boost to my self-esteem!”
“The greatest thing that I achieved by moving to another country was the way I became so open minded and flexible. When I moved to Guatemala, there were so many variables and unknowns but I learned how to be open to this and embrace it, rather than fear it.
I also learned how to accept things in a much easier way because I learned things aren’t always going to go the way I’d like them to so I should just make the best of whatever comes my way!“
Vikki of The Vintage Vik
“I moved from Scotland to Australia when I was 25, I think the biggest thing would be you have to push yourself. Push yourself to make friends, find a job or some sort, get a place to live, push past the homesick days ( I came here on my own no family)”
Corrine of L3hub
“I gained independence and confidence the most, as well as better relationships at home (sound ironic I know)”
Laurel Ashley of Leizey
“I gained a greater sense and deeper appreciation for diversity.
Once you leave the US, its easier to connect with people of other cultures because in Europe, for example, speaking multiple languages is more common, and therefore looked at as more of an asset than something you can be discriminated against for like having a “strange” accent”
Helene of The HC Lifestyle
“I gained an openness of mind and a better understanding of how wonderful the human race is in all its diversity”
Have you also lived abroad or planning to make it? Are you not sure to take the risk? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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