Top 5 Tools to Sharpen Your Mind

If you want to stay sharp well into your eighties and nineties, you need to be consistently and actively using your brain. By using your brain, I don’t mean a mental debate on what TV show to watch tonight, but rather a true challenge that will sharpen your mind.

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Sharpening Your Mind

Here are five ways to keep your mind sharp–

1. Puzzle games. Everyone loves a good game, and the ones that actually make you think about what you need to do next are the best ones for exercising your brain. Games like Sudoku, crosswords and word jumbles all serve to entertain but, secretly, they accomplish much more than that. They’re making you think, which is keeping your mind sharp.

2. Listen to music. Listening to music helps you focus. As we listen to the same songs repeatedly, we hear subtle nuances in the music. This means we’re concentrating on the sounds and forms behind the lyrics. This type of listening is more active and stimulates your thinking.

3. Read a book. When you read a book, you create the imagery of the words in your head. This not only improves your concentration, focus and reading comprehension,  but it also fuels your imagination to a level no picture on a screen could ever do. Set aside 30 minutes a day to read a good book. You’ll be entertained, and more importantly, you’ll also be exercising your brain.

4. Write. Whether you’re blogging online or writing your autobiography, you’re keeping your mind active. As a writer, you’re always looking for something to write about, and you become a critical thinker about the world around you. Critical thinking keeps your brain in an active state.

5. Travel. See the world or, at least, more of the area outside your own home. Exploring new places activates your mind through excitement and learning. You don’t need to head to another country to see something new and exciting. A day trip is a great way to experience new things and still be close to home. Go to a historical town and learn about its history.

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More Ways to Sharpen Your Mind

In addition to these five simple tools to sharpen your mind, let learning be a constant companion. Stay informed on what’s going on in the world. Pay attention to current events, both close to home and on a global basis. Pick up the newspaper every day or read the news online.

Go to the library and pick out a book about something you know nothing about. Learn about greenhouse gasses, fossil fuels, and renewable energy. All of these are great ways to keep your mind sharp and keep yourself informed about things going on around you.

Lastly, question everything you hear. Don’t let yourself just accept something because someone else says it’s true or because you’ve always thought that way. This is the quickest way to let your mind slip into a state of dormancy. When we stop asking questions, we stop learning.

Learning is something we should all strive to do on a daily basis. The best way to keep your mind sharp is by learning something new every day. Life is filled with experiences and knowledge. Take it all in and keep your mind sharp.


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  1. I didn’t know traveling was a brain sharpener! No wonder why I love traveling!

  2. Wonderful tips and it’s always great to keep your brain active. Good thing I do all of those along with my kids.

  3. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says:

    I love doing crossword puzzles and other word games. It not only increases my vocabulary, it helps keep my mind active too. I read books and magazines in my free time.

  4. I love keeping my brain active. I usually read books or articles so I can be very updated.

  5. All of those are great at sharpening your mind! My top two are puzzle games and reading!

  6. Such wonderful tips! I adore that you mentioned music. It’s so good for your mind and your well-being. And I can never get enough of reading and writing. Thank you for sharing!

  7. I’m happy to know that I’m doing a number of these. I play puzzle games and write each day.

  8. I’m all for keeping my brain active. I love reading and doing crossword puzzles.

  9. yeap, it’s work, and we really should do this every day, as always good advices.

  10. These are great tips, more so the one on reading and writing more. I’ve been trying to write more throughout the week. Traveling is on hold for now since the kids are younger.

  11. Writing, of late, is sharpening my mind. With writing anything comes reading, in the first place. Before I started reading, I didn’t realise there is so much material to be read out there.

  12. Those are all excellent ways to sharpen the mind. I particularly like puzzle games! 🙂

  13. I have friends who work in skilled nursing, and they have residents who are more clear of mind to color and do puzzles. They cater bingo to mind strengthening as well.

  14. All great points. It is so important to keep our brains busy and young.

  15. Elicit Folio says:

    Puzzles and music are two of my favorite items on this list! I download various puzzles all the time on my phone just to keep my mind active! great post!

  16. Thank you for sharing this! I should definitely start reading more books!

  17. It’s so important to keep your brain active. It’s amazing the decline that is so obvious when you stop.

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