Taking up these 10 hobbies will make you smarter. 

There is a general perception that we can't do much to enhance our intelligence. It's almost believed that whether you're smart or not is determined right at birth and you can't do anything about it. However, these are all misconceptions. While some people have conditions that prevent them from being able to increase their intelligence level, for most people  there are plenty of things that can be done to make them smarter. Below are 10 hobbies that will help make you smarter. 

1. Play a musical instrument.

Music has the power to invoke complex emotions and psychological states. Playing a musical instrument also teaches you patience and perseverance for it takes time and effort to learn. It also sharpens your concentration. 

2. Read voraciously.

Reading reduces stress, helps you to experience multiple emotions and teaches you a lot about many subjects. All these factors help you to feel better about yourself which is one of the most important foundations for positive wellbeing. 

3. Meditate regularly. 

Regular meditation helps you to have full control over yourself. Being aware of distractions and effective methods of self control are of the utmost significance when working to improve your intelligence. 

4. Work out your brain. 

You can work out your brain in plenty ways such as through sudoku, puzzles, chess and riddles. All these activities help the brain to continue forming new connections which will develop the ability to see things from a lot of different perspectives.

5. Exercise often. 

A healthy body helps to ensure that you have a healthy brain. After all, your brain is like another muscle in your body. Exercising regularly keeps your brain and body functioning as they are supposed to. 

6. Learn a new language. 

The process of learning a new language involves tasks such as analysing grammatical structures and learning new words, which enhances your intelligence and brain health. 

7. Write your feelings down. 

There are tons of benefits that you can receive from writing, including increasing your overall level of intelligence. Writing improves your linguistic abilities, of course. But it also help you to develop such skills as focus, creativity, imagination and comprehension.

8. Travel to new places.

Travelling is not just a way to kill your boredom, there's a lot more to it than that. Travelling can really boost your intelligence. Every new place you travel to offers new things to learn. You encounter diverse people, food, culture, lifestyle and society while travelling, which puts you in touch with ideas you might never have thought of previously. 

9. Cook different kinds of meals. 

Many of us feel that cooking is a mere waste of time and it's something we very much want to avoid. But instead of whining, you should feel happy when you have the opportunity to cook. Trying varieties of meals have high levels of creativity. 

10. Participate in sports actively.

Participating regularly in sports activities doesn't only exercise the muscles but also does the same for the brain. Playing sports regularly makes the brain more flexible and improves overall brain health. Involvement in sport also enhances responsiveness, coordination, capabilities and confidence.

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