When we think of ways to challenge our minds, we usually think of long, time-consuming processes that sometimes cost a lot of money: going back to school, attending the opera, reading a long novel, spending hours on mind problems and brain teasers.
Sometimes our schedules are so packed with activities that we can’t imagine having time for anything else. And at the end of a long day, we usually feel too exhausted to think about cracking open a classic novel.
How can we improve our intelligence when we barely have enough time to finish our everyday chores, let alone take college classes or go to the theater?
What many people don’t realize is that many simple, everyday tasks can go a long way to improving your intelligence. In fact, you’ve probably already incorporated a few of these tasks into your daily routine.
Listening to music, exercising, and playing video games can all stimulate your brain, promote blood flow, and improve your problem-solving skills. Meditating is another great way to improve your intelligence — and like many items on this list, it can be done in ten minutes or less. Reading and writing also help engage your mind and improve your reasoning skills. You don’t have to be reading (or writing) the great American novel– anything helps, as long as it gets you thinking.
Other tasks are more cerebral, like playing chess, learning a new language, and even juggling. These might take more time and effort than reading or listening to music, but they’re easily accessible to most people and can be incorporated into your busy lifestyle. Ultimately, the important thing is that you’re engaging your mind, whether it’s for ten minutes or an hour each day.
Every little bit helps.
If you’re interested in challenging your mind, here’s a helpful infographic from Smarterhobby.com that’ll help you incorporate more knowledge into your day.