Is it possible that something you do for pleasure and fun, in fact, make you smarter and more productive?
Well, I have good news for you – it certainly is. It turns out that by practicing your favorite hobbies, you won’t only deal with stressful situations more easily, or have fun, or relax, but you’ll sharpen your mental skills.
Your intelligence levels can be increased by exposing your brain to new stimuli. When you challenge your brain, it forms neural pathways which make it work better and more quickly. So, the more you challenge your brain, i.e. gain new skills and learn new things, the stronger your brain gets.
Wonderful, isn’t it?
So, in what follows, there’s a list of 6 super creative hobbies you can indulge in while sharpening your brain. So, make sure you practice as more of them as you can.
Here they are:
1. Learn to play a musical instrument.
Whether you choose to play the violin or strum the bass, you won’t make a mistake either way. Not only will you enhance your motor skills, but also your analytical, math, and language skills.
Playing a musical instrument strengthens the corpus callosum that connects the two hemispheres of the brain by forming new connections. And a strengthened corpus callosum improves the memory and problem-solving skills and the overall function of the brain, irrespective of your age.
2. Read anything.
Whether you’re reading a fashion magazine, a comic, or a sci-fi book, it doesn’t matter because you’ll benefit in all ways. When you read books, you reduce your stress levels. You boost the power of your memory and get better at finding and analyzing new patterns, processes as well as at identifying and responding to the feelings of others.
3. Do regular exercises.
Whether you’ll exercise at home or in the gym, with a personal trainer or alone, don’t think too much about that – just do it. Yet, make sure you’re consistent because only by regularly exercising you can increase the level of BDNF, a protein that improves your memory as well as understanding and concentration.
4. Learn a new language.
The more languages you learn the smarter you get. Not only will you be able to communicate with people from other countries, but you’ll improve your problem-solving and planning skills.
People who can speak more languages are also known to be better at solving puzzles than those who speak only one language.
5. Test your knowledge.
The only way you can make sure you remember what you learn for a long term is by testing your knowledge. Keep track of and take notes down of anything that interests you. Whether you’re at a meeting or at home watching a movie, make sure you take down anything that draws your attention.
When you meditate, not only do you reduce your stress levels and feel more relaxed, but you also improve the work of your brain. You make it work better and faster. By meditating, you also help your brain create new connections between the two hemispheres.
Riley Cooper is a professional writer who writes informative and creative articles on topics related to various fields of study. Written with love and enthusiasm, her articles inspire readers to broaden their knowledge of the world, think and get ready to act.