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Play Around for a Better Brain
June 19, 2009
Keeping your mind sharp and alert doesn't require hours of study. Go ahead, have some fun.
Getting your brain in shape doesn't require a lot of heavy mental lifting. Why not have fun while you energize your mind?
Here are seven fun and affordable ways to keep your mind sharp.
Seven fun ways to a better brain
Take your pick - crossword, jigsaw, or logic puzzles - the choice is yours. Solving puzzles gets your mind working and helps keep you sharp and alert. Have fun, but know you're energizing your brain.
They say laughter's good medicine. They must know what they're talking about. Few activities are easier - or cheaper - than a game of charades to get your family laughing. Studies have shown that laughter enhances our health by releasing endorphins and other chemicals into our system. Laughter can jumpstart our brain battery.
There's a variety of games out there geared specifically to boost your brain power. Whether it's a home-based system, a hand-held device, or even your cell phone, there are all kinds of options to get your mind working.
Ask questions. Be curious. Find out why.
Many people try to hide their natural curiosity. Ask "Why?" You may be surprised at how much you learn. Don't do it to the point of becoming a pest, but identify items you want to know more about and ask someone in the know. Your brain is sure to benefit.
Dig out that photo album or yearbook and make a date with your memories. Better yet, share your memories with others. Either way, you're sure to remind yourself of times gone by, sharpen your synapses, and - best of all - enjoy the experience.
Get family and friends together and roll the dice on a night of brain-energizing entertainment. Even simple games can help your brain. Ones that require strategy and critical thinking really get the juices flowing.
What's the deal with cards? They're a great social tool, but they also stimulate your mind. Playing cards keeps you alert and boosts memory. Choose a game that suits you and get all hands on deck. You'll be glad you did.
What it means to you
Energizing your brain doesn't have to be serious or boring. Have fun staying sharp.
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