Building a Stronger Brain

Whenever we use our brain to make our body do things it’s not used to doing, the brain gets stronger. The giant spider web of neurons and synapses that fills the amazing three-pound organ inside our skulls gets denser and more complex. And that’s a good thing.

Let’s put our brains to work by learning new tasks. This can be done simply by doing everyday things just a little differently.

Here are 10 things you can try:

1. Tie your shoelaces a different way
2. Watch a television show that’s broadcast in a foreign language
3. Drive to work using a different route
4. Brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand
5. Reverse the order in which you read the newspaper
6. Get dressed in the dark (but check your appearance before you go out!)
7. Shop at a new grocery store
8. Thread your belt through the loops in the opposite direction
9. Put your earrings on in reverse order
10. Walk backwards for 100 steps

After a while, doing things the new way won’t seem so new, or so awkward, at all. Meaning that your wonderful brain has trained your wonderful body to unfamiliar tasks. Now it’s time to give it more challenges, like learning to play an instrument, or counting to 20 in Mandarin Chinese, or writing poetry.

Your brain muscles will thank you for the exercise as they grow stronger every day!

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