Our motto is to make you the smartest person in the room. To that end, here’s how to get smarter every day. This advice comes from Rodale Publishing.
- First, pick up a Kafka novel, a book of modern poetry, or download anything of substance onto your Kindle – it’ll help your brain work better. According to the journal Psychological Science, when you’re exposed to something that doesn’t automatically make sense, as your brain tries to figure it out, it kicks your gray matter into high gear and enhances the part that’s in charge of learning. If you’d rather read a romance novel, or the latest John Grisham – that’ll stretch your brain too, just in a different way. Fiction in general stimulates the emotional and social part of your brain. In fact, people who read a lot of fiction tend to be more emotionally and socially intelligent than those who don’t.
- The next way to get smarter every day: Watch a mystery on TV, like Lost or CSI. TV shows that have overlapping plot lines, several primary characters, and mysteries to solve engage your brain. They tap into the data-gathering, hypothesizing and testing parts of your brain. So if you’re trying to figure out why they never turn on any lab lights on CSI, you’re enhancing your problem-solving skills.
- Another way to stimulate your brain: Pick up a musical instrument. Practicing a musical instrument refines your neurological system in a way that can’t be done through any other activity. You don’t need to go buy a baby grand. Dr. Richard Haier, a professor of neurology for the University of California says you can get similar benefits playing games like Easy Piano for the Nintendo DS – or the PC game KB Piano, which lets you play 100 different instruments.
- Lastly, to get smarter, hang out with people who are smarter than you. Social interaction – especially with people who mentally challenge you – boosts your cognitive function. That helps you remember more and improves your reasoning skills. So take a few brainiacs out for dinner, even if you have to pick up the tab.