“Nutty with a Dash of Meat Jeanette Levellie” here. We already know how smart you are, since you’re following the CAN blog! But if you’d like to increase your brain power, I believe you’ll enjoy these 12 fun ways. I discovered the first 11 on brain specialist Dr. Daniel G. Amen’s blog, and the 12th–a fun method I use to stretch my own brain muscles–is my idea. I have also added some of my thoughts to Dr. Amen’s.
1. Learn something new–an obscure president’s name, a variety of flower, even a little-known verse to a song.
2. Learn more of something you already know about, on a deeper level. Are you an expert on cats? Study a particular breed. Do you know a lot about novel writing? Read an article or a book about non-fiction techniques.
4. Hang out with smart people. Go to the library, the art museum, or join a history club. Smart people will pull us up to new levels of intelligence.
5. Analyze, compare and contrast. Don’t just say “Mom and I are nothing alike.” Tell us how Mom loves to cook, clean and sew, but you would rather plant a garden and write novels. These type of mental comparisons are good workouts for our minds.
6. Cross train with someone at your job. Even if you only work with one other person, ask them to show you how to create a spreadsheet or make a car part, while you teach them mail merge or an editing technique.
7. Learn a new word. Then use it at least 12 times in the next month, to keep it active in your brain.
8. Read a book or take a class on something you never considered studying. For me, that would be astronomy, oil painting, or Asian history. What about you?
9, Forgive. The mental and spiritual work of telling the Lord, “I release this person to you–please deal with them in Your love and mercy,” opens your mind to new levels of creativity and sets your spirit free from judgement.
10. Do something kind. Stepping out of our me-me-me world to help someone else is a lovely way to relax and rejuvenate our brains.
11. Turn off the TV. TV is a mindless way to entertain ourselves. We watch others live their lives–whether exciting or silly–rather than experiencing life for ourselves.
12. Memorize Scripture. This one is the most fun, as it helps you overcome the devil while increasing your brain power. For some creative ideas on how it can help, see my posts on five ways memorizing Scripture enriches your life and Fun tricks to memorize Scripture.
Which ways to increase your brain power stood out to you? What will you do today to help yourself to grow even smarter than you are already?