- Learn a new language. If you think that the UK news website BBC is limited only to what’s happening around the world, then you better think again. Aside from providing information about basically anything, this site offers lessons on foreign languages such as Portuguese, Spanish, French, Greek, Italian, German, and even Chinese. The best thing about these courses is that they’re free. If you’re not into “spoken” languages, lessons about sign language are another option. This way, not only will you exercise your brain, you’ll also sound cool once you’re back in school or in the office.
- Engage in brain and logic games. The classic example of a game that employs intellectual stimulation is the universal card game poker. Whether you’re the type who enjoys tournaments in online gaming sites like partypoker.es or prefer gathering the gang for some rounds of poker for the weekend, rest assured that you’ll not only get entertained—you’ll also use your mind while you play. How so? Poker is more of a game of strategy than luck. Strategy is involved in deciding which hand to play, whether or not to bluff, or when to raise the stakes. Even the local card game variant pusoy uses these techniques.
- Join a cause. Engaging in activities like building homes for Gawad Kalinga or spending a day with animals in shelters like PAWS (Philippine Animal Welfare Society) will trigger your compassion within. This is more rewarding than any trip to the beach.