Monday, December 31, 2018

Seven Ways to Increase Your Brain Power


We already know how smart you are, since you're reading this blog post! But if you'd like to increase your brain power, these seven ways will help. I found six on brain specialist Dr. Daniel G. Amen's blog, and the final one--a fun method I use to stretch my brain muscles--is my own idea. I have also added some of my thoughts to Dr. Amen's.



1. Make new friends. Meeting new people and getting to know them keeps our brains active, and helps our emotions thrive as well.

2. 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 read romance novels. These type of mental comparisons  are good workouts for  our minds.


3. Learn a new word. Then use it at least 12 times in the next month, to keep it active in your brain.

4. Forgive. The mental and spiritual work of telling the Lord, "I release this person to you--deal with them in Your love and mercy," opens your mind to new levels of creativity and sets your spirit free from judgement.

5. 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.

6. Turn off the TV. TV is a mindless way to entertain ourselves. We watch others do their lives--whether exciting or silly--rather than experiencing life for ourselves.

7. Memorize Scripture. This one is the most fun, as it helps you overcome the devil!  For some fun 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?