Learn Something New Today!


One of our team members showed us this list on “The 37 Best Websites to Learn Something New” published on Medium. We loved sharing about the different sites and strategies we all use to keep learning new things everyday. Here are some suggestions we came up with:

Take a class on Coursera! One of our team members proudly calls herself a Coursera junkie and has taken classes like “Macroeconomics: Economic Principles in the Real World,” and “Effective Altruism,” which you can also take. The great thing about Coursera is it’s free and you’re able to set your own pace and only complete the activities that you want to! So, skip the essays and go watch some videos of world-renowned professors like Peter Singer and Paul Bloom for free! Other similar services are iTunes U, Khan Academy, and Udemy. If you want to learn how to code and use languages like Java and HTML, check out Codecademy and their super comprehensive (and super easy) tutorials!

Listen to a Podcast! One of our team members listens to podcasts on her way to work and loves the feeling of getting energized and ready to take on the day’s challenges by learning about random stuff while she walks. If you want to listen to 30-minute explanations on topics ranging from Trickle Down Economics, to how the NSA works, listen to Stuff You Should Know, by How Stuff Works. If you’re a history geek or want to learn more about it from an incredibly engaging speaker, listen to Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History and prepare to get the scoop that you don’t read about in textbooks. If you’re the intellectual type and want to learn about Moral Psychology and Practical Ethics, listen to Very Bad Wizards for an unforgettable ride through the mazes of free will, meta ethics, and primatology studies on goodwill. You can also listen to a book on Audible. With books on any and all topics, there is nothing we could say about Audible except: Go download it now!!!

Watch a show on Netflix with the subtitles in another language! One of our team members has been reading Portuguese subtitles for 2 years now, and she swears she can (sort of) understand it now. This is the easy way to do it, but if you’re really serious about learning a language, try Rosetta Stone or Duolingo. Two of our team members have completed courses on Rosetta Stone and loved their experiences, and one of our team members practices her skills on Duolingo whenever she has 5 minutes to spare.

Looking for Spiritual growth? In this day and age, it is hard to make the time for a spiritual activity… and yet, it is so important! One of our team members found the app Headspace and has been practicing mindfulness meditation for almost two years now! With meditations that range from 3 minutes to several hours, you’re bound to find something you like on Headspace, plus the first ten 10-minute intro meditations are free! Another amazing app is Happier, where you can post (privately or publicly) the happy things that happened during your day. Noticing the happy moments in life and engaging with them through meditation will surely make you a happier person, so give it a try!

Did we miss an app or service you love to use? Let us know by tweeting to us @universalgiving


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