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12 Hobbies that will make you smarter!

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12 smart hobbies
12 smart hobbies

While working towards an easier and more productive life, our hobbies are to be considered if we want to get a better outcome.

Actions we take repeatedly have the tendency to improve or lower our intelligence. And for that reason, we should pick up good hobbies that will improve our intelligence and make our lives more fun.

Here are intelligent hobbies we can easily adopt which improves us and makes us a lot smarter in many ways:

 

  1. Working out your brain

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Learning a skill or earning money requires putting in extra time and energy. Getting a better result requires consistent efforts, and so is getting smarter.

The brain needs challenges to become better, sharper and more creative. And you can have fun while developing your brain with games such scrabble, puzzles, riddles, and other board games.

You’ll be surprised that a video gamer too is proven to make quicker decisions and could develop an improved eyesight as a result of playing video games.

 

  1. Learning a new language

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Learning a new language bridges social barriers and boosts brain power.

Practicing a new language challenges the brain to recognize new syllables, as a result, increases the brain’s sharpness and strengthens the memory.

One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.
‒Frank Smith

 

  1. Reading

Book
Reading a book

Reading improves your way of life, you learn something new in anything you read, you become more knowledgeable and it expands your imagination.

Another benefit of reading is that it reduces stress by switching your focus for a bit to what you’re reading and it improves your vocabulary too.

 

  1. Traveling to new places

tourist in venice
Tourist in Venice

Nothing opens us up to newer experiences and ideas more than traveling. You experience new people, culture, and lifestyles. You’ll be amazed at what you didn’t know existed and how little your knowledge about the world is.

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page” –Saint Augustine

Traveling broads the mind and open to us to new things.

 

  1. Exercising

Woman jogging
Woman jogging

Exercising has a lot of health benefits to the human body such as improved brain activities and more.

Regular physical activity prevents or manages a wide range of health issues, a few of them are high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes, it also reduces the odds of developing heart diseases.

According to a study done at the University of British Columbia, researchers found that “Regular aerobic exercise, the kind that gets your heart and your sweat glands pumping, appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning”.

It improves your mental health and your mood, and also boost your energy by delivering oxygen to your tissues. Exercising is one of the hobbies you can try out if you want to get a better sleep.

 

  1. Drawing/painting

A man painting
A man painting

Painting brings peace to the mind, it helps us explore our world of creativity and also relaxes the body.

It improves our brain activity by stimulating the left brain hemisphere which deals with rational and logic elements and right brain hemisphere which deals with creativity and emotions.

It’s one of the smart hobbies you would want to try out too.

 

  1. Keeping a journal or a blog

Writing in a journal
Writing in a journal

Keeping a journal or a blog is one of the amazing hobbies to pick up for so many cool reasons that will interest you.

It empowers your creativity and let you dream wide, and also help you put your interests together and learn new things about yourself. You set better goals and keep track of what’s working for you and what’s not.

Blogging is wonderful too! it creates an awareness in you about what’s going on in your life and how you can improve yourself. You become better in knowledge and everything else as you try to captivate and entertain your readers.

Try keeping a journal or a blog sometime and you’ll learn of the amazing ideas that do actually cross your mind.

 

  1. Playing a musical instrument

lady playing guitar
Lady playing guitar

Just a little percent of the world’s population can play a musical instrument

Research has it that, “People who have received a music education are generally smarter than their non-musical counterparts are” and also that “musicians use both sides of their brain more frequently than average people”

It is also one of the most beneficial hobbies you can pick up because you can easily make a living out of it by teaching others or by entertaining people in one way or the other.

It improves your social life and creativity by stimulating your brain to think out of the ordinary in order to produce a good output. Playing builds self-confidence, you’ll be one of the few people that can play and people will always love to hear you play and wish they can play too. It also reduces stress.

 

  1. Playing chess

Playing chess
Playing chess

Chess is a game that sparks your imagination and develops your memory to a superior one. It teaches the key life qualities you need to live a smart life every day, which are: planning, foresight, problem-solving, patience and decision making.

And if you want to improve your IQ, then playing chess is one of the hobbies you should do often.

 

  1. Using Affirmations

Affirmations are so powerful that they can put off a negative mindset in an instant and give you access to your inner strength that you can use to achieve a top result.

We can restrict negative thoughts from limiting our outcome by making positive affirmations. It improves our mindset and strengthens our belief in what we can achieve by focusing our mind on a positive outcome.

 

  1. Cooking

cooking
Cooking

The act of cooking is beneficial to every person in many of ways. It’s a skill you enjoy and benefit from for a lifetime.

It sparks up the creativity in you, you explore different recipes yourself, and learn to pay attention to little details that can make or mar the outcome of your cooking.

You learn to do different things at the same time, multitasking. When you cook often, you develop these skills better.

 

  1. Participating actively in sports

lady playing tennis
A lady playing tennis

Active participation in sport is a huge plus to our overall body health. It’s a fun and creative type of exercising.

It does more than just enhance our body muscles, it also improves our teamwork ability, our leadership trait, it reduces stress and depression while improving our mood and our ability to concentrate.

We also develop a better sense of mastery and control while participating in sports and these can influence our day to day activities in a positive way.

And also, if you want a little boost in your self-confidence, participate in sports often.

 


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