8 Hobbies That Will Make You Smarter

Genevieve Fish

Rohan Peterson for Vogue Australia

Remember the good old days when school let out at 3 p.m. and you rushed to slide into your soccer uniform or grab your tennis bag? Once a week you might have had a piano lesson or a chess master meeting, and every Friday was ballet or tap dancing (which you may or may not have ditched immediately). Those early-life extracurricular activities spurred your body and mind and peppered your future job applications with proof of your “well-roundedness.”

Sadly, those extracurricular activities often fade away post-school, when ten-hour workdays are bookended by rushed gym time and Netflix-induced comas. But what if we could fill the slivers of our free time with mind-expanding activities that improve our cognitive ability, energy, and thirst for knowledge? It turns out that we can. The following activities vary in input, but all have an expansive effect on our brain activity.

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