Here we are again, on the subject of hobbies. But today’s article comes with a little icing on the cake. It’s about something that you will find both exciting and stimulating. It’s about the hobbies that make you smarter. Tell me you are not interested and I’d drop the subject. Nah, you are. From the corner of my eye, I can see you look on with interest.
We all need to have hobbies outside work to spice up our lives. Still remember that quote about “variety being the spice of life?” I bet you do! Nearly everyone today is yearning to be a hobbyist of some kind and constantly on the lookout for hobbies that can rejuvenate our lives, stimulate our minds while also acting as a timely boost of our intelligence. Hobbies come in different shapes and sizes but not all of them we engage in will enhance our cognitive abilities. So if you are out “shopping” for your next brain-boosting hobby, then you are in the right place. Here are a list of 10 new hobbies guaranteed by science to make anyone smarter.
You should try writing sometimes if you have the flair for it. Not everybody will like this of course, but writing will give you great finesse at communicating since it draws on your innate creativity. Writing will help you develop creativity, persistence and commitment (the perfect trident for life long success). Writing will also teach you to think, develop and compose which in turn will tweak your brain for optimum efficiency.
At first sight it does appear crystal clear that physical exertions have nothing to do with smartness. But there is more to exercising than meets the eye. Workouts can influence your mood and confidence. Workouts can help you shift your focus from the mundane to firm concentration on your most primary goals. With every single exercise you indulge in, you will feel negative thoughts vanish away like night mists at the break of dawn. There’s more it will also fill you with stainless energy and electric enthusiasm.
(3) Watching Documentaries On the Ancient Worlds
You want to a walking wiki all things history. Then your best bet is watching documentaries on You Tube and the BBC. They are the best things since sliced bread. You could become a modern day historian reading up past histories and ancient archives even without getting a formal degree. You can start exploring documentaries like, Breaking the Maya Code, Lost Treasures of the Ancient world, Building the Impossible: The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
You probably know this already, but reading is one sure way to boost your intelligence as our earlier article has revealed. Read books that fascinate and enthrall you. They come in different shades. With the rise of EBooks and PDFs reading is as good as it gets. The only problem however will turn on how you can find books of worth. Goodreads is a good place to start with if you are book searching since they rate books by periodic prominence and are spoilt for choice in all genres. Sign up first with them and they will redirect you to merchant sites where you can purchase or read these books.
Playing a musical instrument like the drum, keyboard, piano or saxophone or anything in that breadth will certainly activate dormant sections of your intelligence. This has been observed in children who have achieved higher scores in reading comprehension and mathematics. Equally, listening and playing music will improve your retention and memory capacity.
Recent studies have shown that playing chess will raise students IQ level (a strong indicator of your analytical and reasoning might). A hobby like chess will help exercise both sides of your brain making you the smarter. It further grows the dendrites (tree-like branches that conduct signals in the brain, the bigger they are, the more signals you’ll pick up)
(7) Sports And Computer Games
Playing an outdoor sport will increase the quota of oxygen going to your brain and increase more brain activity. The result is that you always stay fit, increase intelligence and develop quick reflexes. According to research, video games leads to an improvement of visual, executive, attentional abilities. Play video games too, whether it’s soccer or adventure (FIFA, PES or the other warlike types like God of War and quizzes like the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, meant to test your knowledge of trivia). They will have the same positive effect on you.
(8) Invest in yourself
Take courses in subjects you never learned. Learn new languages and skills. Experiment with things you’ve never done before that interest you. In our earlier article on how to become smarter every day, we’ve explained in the detail the benefits of being bilingual and the exciting research finding further validating it’s effect in young adults.
A Harvard neuroscientist Sara Laza conducted a research in this area to find the connection between the mind and body during meditation. Her findings show that subjects, who meditated had thickened parts of brain responsible for learning, cognition, memory, empathy, compassion and many more.
(10) Meet new people.
Ensure you leave your comfort zone sometimes. Go sightseeing, visit an art gallery somewhere in town. Meet new people and build new contacts. Interact with older people and learn from their life experiences. As you do this, you’ll become exposed to the different ways people think and you could pick a trick or two from them. Also as you associate more with smarter people, they challenge you with their unique view of things and this could rub off on you.