Train Your Brain Day

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On October 13th, National Train Your Brain Day challenges us to some puzzling games and riddles! Whether you play solo or go up against teams, the day improves our thinking power.

Exercising the brain is important. Routine activities don’t keep the mind sharp. This day encourages us to expand and exercise our brain and use more of its potential capacity. To do that, we need to break out of our routines and try new activities or relearn old ones. We’ll work on our cognitive skills. To do this, try reading or word puzzles. Number games and brainteasers also improve cognition. Riddles and word games challenge areas of the brain we don’t use every day.

Learning something new is another practice that benefits the brain, too. When we learn a new skill, we focus and tap into our problem-solving abilities. If we’re doing the same thing every day, we’re probably not solving too many problems. The brain gets bored. You’d get bored, too if you watched the same episode of the same TV show every day.

When the question is asked to American scientists as to how much of the brain is used, the answer varies. However, many of them believe that it is only a small percentage and that there is room for expanded learning and knowledge within everyone.

History of Train Your Brain Day

Train Your Brain Day was created to bring attention to, and celebrate, the incredible power of the mind. Whether you look at the ‘power of the mind’ as being the ability to come up with creative new things, solve math equations, and design towering skyscrapers, or as the ability to change the way we feel and think about ourselves and others, it’s undeniable that the mind is a powerful tool and weapon. Every day we train our mind, teaching it how to react to situations, telling it what it’s capable of, and even how to interpret the feelings and actions of others.

With its ability to have such a profound effect on our lives, we should be taking the time to hone and sharpen our minds every day. Thoughts and patterns can become ingrained in our mind, so choosing what and how we think is of vital importance if we want to have the best and most positively lived life we can. Train Your Brain Day reminds you that how you feel, what you think, and how you react to the world is a choice, train your brain to make the best ones.


1. Read.

2. Work on a jigsaw puzzle.

3. Solve a few brain teasers.

4. Spend 10 minutes on a crossword puzzle.

5. Play a memory or matching game.

6. Take turns telling and solving riddles with your family.

7. Challenge yourself to learn one new word each day for a month.

8. Write something. It could be anything from a short story to a journal entry about your day!

9. Use your non-dominant hand.

10. Learn a new language.

11. Do a Sudoku puzzle.

12. Turn off the television! You don’t have to give up your daily tube time but try to reduce the amount of time you spend in front of your television (or any screen, for that matter).

13. Take a class. It doesn’t have to be a formal class, it could be something as simple as a free online tutorial.

14. Get to bed 15 minutes earlier.

15. Change your routine. Whether it means taking a different route to work or switching up your regular lunch order, changing things up can force your brain to do some problem-solving, rather than coasting on autopilot.

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