By Kasia Chalko, ASDA marketing manager
I’ll never forget the word “lapilli.”
Years ago, I went to a special exhibit on Pompeii at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. My friends and I spent hours exploring recovered artifacts and mummified bodies, learning the history of that day when Mount Vesuvius buried three Italian towns in volcanic ash. The word lapilli – a type of dense, stony, volcanic residue – showed up on nearly every exhibition placard. I haven’t forgotten it 10 years later.
That exhibition was more memorable to me, an experiential learner, than anything I had ever studied about Pompeii in any classroom. And though I didn’t realize it at the time, it was an exercise in boosting intellectual wellness.
Intellectual wellness improves when we engage in creative and mentally stimulating activities. It relies on nurturing curiosity and lifelong learning. It supports what you learn in the classroom every day, helps you think more critically and be open to new experiences.
Which brings us to the wellness challenge for December:
Challenge 2 (December 2015)
Goal: Take a field trip of cultural exploration
When: Any day in December
Why: When you improve your intellectual wellness, it helps you to think more critically, be open to new ideas and experiences and enriches your life in unexpected ways.
Next steps: RSVP to the challenge on ASDA’s Facebook. Then, pick a day in December, and head to a museum, gallery or cultural institution of your choice. Whether it’s archeological finds, Dutch Renaissance art, robotics or medical discoveries, there’s an exhibit out there that will captivate your intellectual curiosity. Snap a photo of yourself with something new and memorable and share it in the Facebook event page or on Instagram (tag @dentalstudents and use #BeWellASDA).
Get out there, find something that’s new to you and flex your intellectual curiosity.