Are You Challenging Your Brain Enough?
When we don’t have challenges in life, our brains start to turn to mush. Okay, not literally, but challenging your brain does help in the regeneration of brain cells, and may even help to prevent neurodegenerative disease and other cognitive decline. Challenging your brain can improve your critical thinking skills, which are absolutely essential to success.
What Challenges the Brain?
There are dozens of things that may challenge your brain, depending upon who you are, your skill set, and hobbies that you are already comfortable with. Certainly, doing anything that you are unfamiliar with may challenge your brain. This includes doing puzzles and crosswords, learning a new language, learning a new skill, or exposing yourself to a new culture.
The Long-Term Benefits of Challenging Your Brain
If you want to be the most successful version of yourself, challenging your brain is part of that. Challenging your brain more will also enhance your mental fitness and help to slow down age-related decline. In fact, challenging your brain may even help to combat the side-effects of stress. Cortisol, the stress hormone, depresses the growth of nerve cells and the connections between them; games and challenges that require you to strategize and interact socially at the same time can help to mitigate this effect.
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- I was sitting back and witnessing how many people are truly not connecting nor are they even sort of smiling. . When I first moved to California people would always ask me why I was so happy. Life is meant to be less serious and much more filled with laughter or at least a smile. . The plane I got on to return home was one where everything seemed as usual excepting…a bery smiley gent sat down bside me and said he moved so he could be around someone happy. He said his previous seatmate was ok but the glow of happy was mich more aligned to his way. . Glad to know I can shine and brighten someone’s day just by a mere smile. Will you smile for a whole day and let me know how it goes? #happinessquotes #smilemore #epiclife