Lessons From The Past: 5 Reasons To Study History

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Ever have a conversation where a history topic comes up and you feel a bit lost?  I know I’ve been at the end of this one a few times, especially during games that frequently bring up history questions.  I always think, woah, maybe I should have payed attention a little more during history class! Here are some other great reasons why we should all brush up on our history.

5 Good Reasons to Study History

If you’re serious about studying history, you might be well suited for a job as a military analyst. There are even schools that specialize in this area of study.

Norwich University, for example, has an excellent military history program. Receiving an NU MAH (Masters in Arts in Military History) degree can set you on such a path.

Of course, there are other history-related jobs too.

Whatever your interest in history, seriously studying it takes it to a whole new level. You will:

1. Learn How to Think Outside the Box

As a historian, you have to think about the phenomenon of society, no matter which time period you’re studying.

You must be aware of the many ways we’ve communicated with one another and how each society functioned. Because there is no steadfast rule, this requires looking at stories from many angles.

2. See the World in a Different Way

Absolutely everything has a history. From battles to works of art, from scientific theories to flowers—they all have a history.

Learning all of these various histories enables you to see the historical forces that connect us and helps you gain a deeper understanding of the world around you.

3. Discover Valuable Life Skills

When you sink into the history of other people and places, you grasp that there is not just a single past. There are many.

This knowledge will change the way you operate in your daily life and teach you to ask questions when you encounter people or places you don’t immediately understand.

4. Learn How to Read Critically

As a historian, you are trained to read with a critical eye.

Whether you’re researching a magazine article or poring through a medieval charter, you have to question it. A history degree is always going to require you to ask questions of your material.

And in the current media climate, this skill is needed more than ever before.

5. Gain Skill Sets for Other Fields

History courses require students to learn how to take in huge amounts of information and disseminate it.

They must understand how to effectively write and communicate all of that information. And unlike in a math class, they must also accept that many problems do not have a concise answer.

This cultivates flexibility and an openness to many possibilities when solving problems. And these go a long way in solving problems in any field.

Dust off the History Books

If you’re already a history buff, it might be time to kick it up a notch. With so many great reasons to study history, why not consider making it a part of your career?

Just like changing to a cleaner diet, it’s never too late to change jobs! In fact, a career shift could be just what you need to boost your health and well being.

In the meantime, get more inspiration from our health and wellbeing blog.

See you soon!

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