The cyclical self-perpetuating concept of intellectual wellness is perhaps best illustrated in the lyrics of a Dan Fogelberg song.
“…The higher you climb the more that you see,
the more that you see the less that you know,
the less that you know the more that you yearn,
the more that you yearn the higher you climb…”
To acquire intellectual wellness, one not only engages in stimulating mental activities that expand one’s knowledge and skills but also seeks ways to share these gifts with others. Intellectual wellness requires lifelong learning, openness to new ideas, a desire to question and think critically, and a motivation to master new skills and challenges. Humor, creativity, and curiosity all play a key role in one’s intellectual wellness.