I love learning new things.  Being able to expand my knowledge of different things makes me feel empowered.  While many think there’s little you can do to enhance your knowledge in certain areas that’s just simply not true.  In fact, there are plenty of things you can do to make you smarter and more productive.

Because hobbies are so important, we should submerge ourselves in them regularly.  Hobbies should be fulfilling, fun, and relaxing.  Many of our hobbies can have a major impact on our intelligence no matter the age.  Read on to find 5 hobbies that will make you smarter.

Reading

I get my love for reading from my mom.  I would always see her with a book when I was younger.  Reading is the best method to use to learn (for me anyway).  I lost my mom December 20, 2016 and it was by far the worst day of my life.  Reading has been the one thing that has helped me cope with her loss.  I didn’t think it would help at first but it has been very therapeutic for me.  It has allowed me to see that there is a process to grieving and not a race.

Reading also allows you to escape to another world I’d rather curl up with a good book than watch television.  When the trailer for Denial was released I ran to the library immediately to get the book History on Trial. Now I love historical dramas but I knew I would find more information in the book than I would in the movie.  I did the same thing when “The Help” was released.  But I was pleasantly surprised when I realized this was the first book that matched the movie exactly (in my opinion).  Books allow you to lose yourself.  You can use your imagination and get creative.   Creativity can spill over into your work life which will hopefully bring you more money (Yayy!!!) Of course more money means meeting more of your financial goals.

Exercise Your Brain

Giving your brain a workout it just as important as a physical workout.  Challenging your brain will help you keep you sharp.  The best part of it all is doesn’t take much to do.  You can play board games (host a game night to kill two boards with one stone), do crossword puzzles, word searches, Sudoku, and color.  Yes I said color.  All of these activities help you form new connections and become more productive.  These activities will also help you respond in more creative ways.  For example, choosing better vocabulary and speaking more clearly.

Journaling/Writing

Learn to Play a Musical Instrument

Oh how I wish I would have learned to play an instrument when I was a kid.  Unlike many other hobbies, music has the power to affect your emotions and our psyche.  One research study shows that listening to classical music helps those suffering from early onset dementia slow down the effects of memory loss.

Now we all know it can be heard to teach and old dog new tricks.  Learning to play an instrument teaches you patience and determination.  The time and dedication it takes to learn to play an instrument is no small goal.  Not only will it sharpen your focus and concentration, you will increase your self confidence.

Exercise

A healthy mind means nothing if you have a unhealthy body.  Exercise helps to ensure your mind remains that way.  Exercising is a hobby that will keep your weight under control, reduce tension and stress.  Regular exercise also helps you maintain a healthy blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and sleep patterns.  Blood circulation helps increase your brain function which creates new blood cells which helps your overall brain function.

Hobbies are an important part of our life.  While most are fun, we shouldn’t ignore the some of the activities that will not only make us happy but make us smarter and more productive.

 

 

Rho'Nesha