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Hobbies That Could Make You Smarter (Or Not)

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Here are seven hobbies that could assist you mentally and help make you smarter.

Meditate

Meditation is well known for its calming effects. When you take the time out of your day to actually just sit down, think and breathe you unwind yourself from the stresses of the world and give your mind and body the opportunity to stretch out and relax. Meditation has also been found to help people have control over their own thoughts.

Learn a new language

One simple way to raise your brain game that can directly add value to you through real world application is learning a new language. When you adopt a new language, your brain performs better with mentally strenuous problems and activities even if those activities have nothing to do with language itself. 

Reading
Whether you are reading an epic and adventurous novel or an interesting biography of someone famous, the overall positive effects that come from reading are generally stress reduction, better self happiness
and a significant increase in emotional intelligence.

Exercise

A healthy way to keep your mind as fit as your body is through regular exercise. The problem some people have with exercises is that they try to do too much, too fast which results in having a few sporadic intense workouts which does little good for the mind and body. The key is consistency. With regular exercise you strengthen your concentration, learning, memory and focus.

Complete puzzles

There are so many ways to workout or exercise your brain. We have smartphones and internet available to us or you can simply head over to your nearest book store and find some puzzles or activity books to solve. Puzzles, videogames, Sudoku, riddles and other activities force your brain to actually think and while it may seem to be just fun and games, forcing your brain to overcome the mental obstacles offered by these activities increases your neuroplasticity.

Stretch your musical talent

Whether you used to play a musical instrument as a kid or never picked up an instrument in your life, regularly learning and playing a musical instrument is one of the best ways to strengthen your brain.

Cumulative learning

The problem with most traditional education today is that much of the basis on which we are graded comes from final exams and tests which have little to do with anything other than mass memorisation. Cumulative learning is the proper learning technique that ensures that you not only learn what you are studying but you remember it long-term as well. This is done through short but frequent acts of repetition
which is exactly the way we learn languages.

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