Three Great Ways to Expand Your Mind - AMAC - The Association of Mature American Citizens

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Expanding the mind is an expression that means using your brain in new ways to access more of it to make you smarter. It involves increasing a
wareness and knowledge, remembering more, thinking faster, and connecting to new ideas. While there are many mysteries that remain on how our brains operate, scientists believe that when we use our brains in stimulating ways, such as learning new math skills or doing a crossword puzzle, we can make our brains stronger. In one study, adults who could not juggle were taught the skill. As they improved, two parts of the brain, their visual and motor areas, grew. Per NAIS, newer research shows that the brain is more like a muscle that can change and get stronger. They liken it to lifting weights. When person lift weights, their muscles become stronger with exercise, and when the muscles are not used, they shrink. When you learn new things, you exercise the brain and make the tiny connections in the brain stronger, which ultimately makes your brain stronger. Thus, expanding the mind makes you smarter. Therefore, it's important to regularly exercise the brain. Scientists have also discovered that exercising the body in conjunction with the mind can maximize brain power. Here are three great ways to do it:

1) Playing games & doing puzzles: Card and board games and puzzles can stimulate the mind, enhance memory, and improve cognitive skills. And this includes video games. Per Mental Floss, video games might slow down the aging process. They indicate, "So-called 'brain games' involving problem-solving, memory, and puzzle components have been shown to have a positive benefit on older players. In one study, just 10 hours of play led to increased cognitive functioning in participants 50 and older – improvement that lasted for several years."

2) Exercise: Scientists acknowledge that there is a strong connection between body and mind. Per Verywellmind.com, "Research has time and time again shown that…
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