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“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” Henry Ford

Here is a list of some suggestions for small practices you could implement into your lifestyle. At first it may seem overwhelming, but after a few months of this you will reach a point where suddenly you feel like have access to so much more information and knowledge than you ever had before. Simple conversations and discussions with people become so much more interesting. Your brain becomes a very cool place to hang out!


11. WATCH A TED TALK EVERY DAY.



For the next week, force yourself to set aside 18 minutes every day to watch one TED Talk. If you’re going to be procrastinating regardless – and everyone knows they spend at LEAST 18 minutes procrastinating something every day – instead of scrolling through your second cousin’s boyfriend’s sister’s dog’s Instagram or searching YouTube for fail videos from 2006, at least do something useful while you’re online and go to TED.com.


22. READ FOR HALF AN HOUR EVERY DAY BEFORE BED.



This is such a monumental suggestion. The habit of reading for 30 minutes every day can really kick start your goal of “getting back into reading” and of course educating yourself as well. 30 minutes is not too hard to set aside at the end of the day. Just get yourself into bed 30 minutes earlier if you have to. If you read for 30 minutes every night you should be able to get through at least one book every two weeks. That’s 26 books a year (approximately). With this kind of reading rapport you are bound to make a sizable dent into your reading list.


33. LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR JOB.



Focus more at work. Take the time to really understand why you do the things you do at work, instead of simply going through the motions. Even if this is a job you have been at for years, there is more to discover. Do some research on the company you work for, where did they come from? And what do they really do? There are great opportunities for growth and learning even in our sometimes boring 9-5 desk jobs. Although it may seem that you are just on the other end of a desk, your clients see you as an expert in your field. So make sure you are one!


44. MAKE LEARNING SOMETHING YOU DO FOR “FUN”



Well, it should already be fun that you are taking the time to invest in yourself and learning more about your world – but you know how you could make it more fun? By getting other people involved. You could watch documentaries with your partner or work on puzzles with your children, play trivial pursuit with your family, or discuss new and fresh topics with your friends.

55. WORK ON A PUZZLE EVERY DAY.



This could be jigsaw puzzles, riddles, math puzzles etc. Anything that requires you to practice your mental acrobatics. You can buy simple “Train your brain” books from your local bookstore, that have a puzzle a day to make things really easy for you!

66. READ CLASSICS.



Books, books, books. They will increase your lifespan, lower your stress and boost your intelligence. They will give you fuller, thicker hair. Whatever the breathless claims about reading, one thing is certain: losing yourself in a great novel is one of life’s most enduring and dependable joys. Job satisfaction comes and goes, partners enrapture and abscond, but you can always fall back on the timeless ability of literature to transport you to a different world.


77. LEARN A NEW WORD EVERY DAY.



Most of the online dictionaries have a “Word a day” feature that you can subscribe to by e-mail, or simply check online. Learn a new word every day, and make it your intention to use that word 3 times in your day.


88. WATCH DOCUMENTARIES.



Watching documentaries has never been easier! You can watch them on TV, and even on youtube. It’s also fun to watch documentaries on things you have no prior knowledge or real interest in.


99. FOLLOW SOME INTERESTING BLOGS.



Find some bloggers that inspire you and fill your mind with bright ideas and thoughts, and follow them. Another option is to subscribe to a magazine that really fascinates you.


110. TAKE A CLASS.



What better way to affirm to yourself that you are educating yourself – than to take an actual class? Find a topic that you wouldn’t mind learning more about, and register!


111. LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE.



Are there any languages that you have been interested in learning? Well, why not start now! Take a class, get private lessons, watch videos online – whatever it is, find time in your life to immerse yourself in this new pursuit!


112. TAKE UP A NEW HOBBY / PUT MORE EFFORT INTO YOUR CURRENT HOBBY.



Having a hobby is a great way to relieve stress, a creative outlet and a way to meet new people. They let you be creative and try all kinds of new things. There are plenty of hobbies out there. Pick one. Picking them is easy. Staying committed is hard. And even though hobbies are “Fun”, a degree of commitment is required if you ever plan to see some kind of result. Create a schedule in your week to really commit to your new hobby – a certain number of times a week, a couple of hours a day – it really is up to you. Learn all about your new hobby, both the theory and the application.


113. TRY NEW RECIPES.



You could buy a new cook book, subscribe to a cookery magazine, or even browse the miracle that is the internet. To make this fun, you could have themes and goals each week, like “eating healthy”, raw food, desserts, smoothies, appetizers, main courses, salads, fruits etc.


114. PRACTICE MEMORY GAMES.



It’s one thing to stuff your head with all this information, its something completely different to access this information again when you really want it. No genius is considered a genius if he can’t remember what it is that he knows. By working with your memory, you can work on your ability to keep your new knowledge available for you to retrieve it.


115. READ THE NEWSPAPER.



When you are reading a newspaper, you come in touch with the entire world. You can read a newspaper at anywhere and can pass your leisure in the better way. In educational point of view, newspaper plays an important role. The newspapercovers all the latest discoveries, researchers and trends going on in the world, we can increase our vocabulary and general knowledge by reading the newspaper daily. Being a student we can improve our English by reading newspaper in the English language.


116. WHENEVER YOU ARE MAKING A TRIP SOMEWHERE, OR DOING SOMETHING NEW – TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN A LITTLE BIT ABOUT IT.



If you are ever stuck for new things to learn, this is a great way to give you some ideas. Use your life as an inspiration. If you are planning on going to a new city for the long weekend – learn about it. If you meet a new friend who is a wine merchant, learn all about being a wine merchant.


117. WIKIPEDIA



You can browse random articles on wikipedia, or you could use it as a great starting point for your own private nerdy research in an area of your choice! Awesome.


118. PLAY MING GAMES!



“Play is the highest form of research.” — Albert Einstein

Play is not just essential for kids; it can be an important source of relaxation and stimulation for adults as well. Brain games are simply fun activities and challenges that jog your mind. They make you think hard, strategize, plan, and remember information that will help you defeat opponents. Plus, the best part about brain games is that they help you to stay socially connected with friends, relatives, and colleagues at the independent senior facility.

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