Taking care of your body is easy, you keep away from shitty foods and smash some deadlifts. How about your mind though? Here is a list of 8 things that you can start doing if you want to get smarter. It's about time you started taking care of your brain.

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Becoming a mental juggernaut

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It’s easy to understand why people exercise their bodies. Your physical appearance is observed every day when you look in the mirror. Failure to take care of the body has obvious repercussions. The mind is different. Unlike the body, maintenance failure is not as obvious. So why would one wish to expand their mind in the first place?

Expanding your mind allows you to have a more comprehensive understanding of reality, which in turn better equips you with the resources you will need to achieve your goals and live a happier life. Knowledge is potential power, and potential power is better than having no power at all. Simply put, you will have more tools and be more informed which will allow you to make better decisions.

1. Hang out with insightful people

The easiest way to become more insightful is to hang around insightful people. You become like the people with whom you surround yourself. You might have noticed that overweight parents tend to have overweight kids, or that athletic parents tend to have athletic kids. In many cases, the people with whom we often associate with are responsible for many of the beliefs and values that we uphold.

If the most insightful things your friends have to say have to do with ‘Game of Thrones’ fan theories, perhaps it’s time you start associating yourself with new people. You need to hang out with people that will give you new perspectives and make you contemplate higher quality thoughts. You don’t have to get rid of your old friends, just find some new ones.

There has never been an easier time to find insightful people. Through the powers of the internet, you can find your clan with a simple Google search. These people tend to hang out in niche forums or in dedicated Facebook groups. If you really want to find them, you will!

2. Meditate

Meditation has been practiced in the East for thousands of years. The exercise is starting to gain more popularity in the West due to scientific backing and general open-mindedness.

There are many benefits that stem from meditation; some are more obvious than others. However, these benefits only become evident after you have made meditation a daily practice in your life. Just like in the gym you cannot expect to see a huge transformation in one week.

Some benefits include:

  • Increased ability to focus
  • Increased emotional stability
  • Reduced stress
  • Increased Gray Matter in the Brain [1]

Meditation allows you to observe your thoughts and choose which ones to follow. You will no longer be run by impulse. Consequently, you will become better at decision making. Meditation leads to the development of ‘meta-awareness’, which means being aware of your own awareness. Enhanced meta-awareness allows you to step outside yourself and to judge your actions as if you were an observer. This ability is critical for those who wish to expand their minds. In the pursuit of knowledge, one will be forced with the task of challenging their presumed beliefs and thought patterns. That is why meditation is essential.

Tools for meditation:

  • Headspace app
  • Guided Mediation videos on YouTube

3. Listen to Audiobooks and Podcasts

If you are serious about expanding your mind, you will be an adherent of the ‘Kaizen’ philosophy. It’s Japanese for ‘continuous improvement’. We all have the same twenty-four hours in a day, but what separates us is how we spend that time.

You can learn almost anything with audiobooks and podcasts. You can download new information to your brain whilst doing everyday activities. I, personally, can get through and audiobook easily within 2-3 days. If I am consistent, that’s 2 books a week and over 100 books a year. Can you imagine how different your mind will be if you went through 100 books a year? You don’t even need to read that many books for your mind and perspectives to shift. Even 30 books is more than 90% of people would complete. Here are some activities you can do whilst listening to audiobooks:

  • Commuting to work
  • Vacuuming the house
  • Cleaning your car
  • Cleaning your dishes
  • Walking the dog

There are plenty of opportunities throughout the day that will arise in which you can slip in an audiobook.

Podcasts are also good and have gained huge popularity over the past few years. The advantage of listening to a podcast is that they can cover specific topics that are normally difficult to research. Podcasts are a goldmine, and just like audiobooks can have the same influence on your mind.

Tools for Audio:

  • Audible
  • Itunes Podcasts (contains over 250,000 different stations)
  • Soundcloud (contains amateur podcasts)
  • YouTube

4. Read Biographies

Imagine if you could sit down with some of the most influential people in history, and hear them tell you their life stories. Imagine if you could learn the lessons they have learned, or discover certain insights that they had. Well, this is possible with the aid of biographies, and more specifically autobiographies. You might never get a chance to talk to these people, but you can absorb their words. Biographies are incredibly useful in regards to expanding your mind because they allow you to consider different contexts.

The best thing about biographies is that they distill many of the lessons that would have been learned over a lifetime. You will not receive the same amount of insight as the person who experienced the events, but you will gain knowledge.

You might never become a boxing legend, or blow hundreds of millions of dollars, but you can learn the lessons from Mike Tyson’s biography. You might not be a president who spent twenty-seven years in prison, but Nelson Mandela’s biography might have something to say about it. You didn’t win the Mr. Olympia, and you weren’t the terminator or governator. But Arnold Schwarzenegger was, and he wrote all about it.

You get the picture; there are many life lessons to be learned through reading biographies! So what are you waiting for?

Tools for Biographies

  • Goodreads (Find ratings and top lists)
  • Total Recall (Arnold Schwarzenegger’s biography, a personal favourite)
  • Long Walk To Freedom (Nelson Mandela’s biography, another favourite)

5. Watch Documentaries

I remember when I was a young man. I used to spend many hours a day watching documentaries. My favourite documentaries were ones that dealt with: Astronomy, Quantum Physics, classical physics, war history, wildlife, and crime investigation. I stopped the habit after the age of sixteen. Last year during my Mechanical Engineering course I was tasked with choosing an elective subject. I decided to choose Astronomy because of my prior interest in the subject. To my surprise, much of the content discussed in the lectures, I had already learned as a teenager through documentaries! Topics such as: gravitational waves, black hole event horizons, the moons of Jupiter, supernova, and nebula formation, as well as the expanding universe seemed like common knowledge to me. Long story short, I ended up getting a high distinction for the class. I didn’t get the mark because of natural intelligence; instead I got it through the documentaries that I had enjoyed as a teenager.

Documentaries are a fun means to expand your mind, especially during your downtime! The good thing about them is that they don’t seem like work. Many people can’t stand reading because to them it seems like work, it reminds them of school. Documentaries offer an alternative to the usual means of education, and you can find some good quality information in them as well. You can watch a range of documentaries on YouTube as well as a number of online websites for free. Do not ignore this medium; I try to watch one every couple of days.

Tools for documentaries

  • topdocumentaryfilms.com (watch documentaries for free)
  • YouTube Playlists ( many free documentaries )
  • IMBb Highest rated documentaries (a useful list)

6. Read Philosophy

Reading philosophy is easily one of the best ways to expand your mind. Philosophy is derived from Greek and means ‘love of wisdom’. If you love wisdom you will not ignore philosophy. Philosophy challenges you to question many things in your life through the use of reason. The capacity to reason is one of the special human endowments that distinguishes us from animals. If you wish to expand your mind, you must learn to reason and use critical thinking to gain clarity. Philosophical inquiry can lead you to entertain deeper thoughts than you have ever imagined. You might find yourself asking questions such as:

  1. Is it worse to fail at something or never attempt it in the first place?
  2. If I could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
  3. To what extent do we shape our own destinies, and how much is down to fate?
  4. Does nature shape our personalities more than nurture?
  5. Should people care more about doing the right thing, or doing things right?
  6. What single piece of advice should we offer to a newborn infant?
  7. Where is the line between insanity and creativity?
  8. What is true happiness?

Luckily for us, we can also read the ideas and conclusions made by some of the greatest thinkers who have ever lived. We can read philosophy from both the East and the West in order to form our own personal world view. I highly recommend you read philosophy if you are serious about expanding your mind.

Tools for philosophy:

  • Philosophy in minutes (introductory book that summarises key concepts)
  • The pig that wants to be eaten (fun philosophical conundrums)
  • The Republic (classic text by Plato)
  • Meditations (classic text by Marcus Aurelius)
  • School of life Philosophy (a YouTube crash course in philosophy)

7. Learn a new language

Learning a new language is an extreme workout for the brain, it’s like running a couple of marathons and competing in a strongman competition straight after. Language is complex, and in often shapes how we see the world. Learning a new language forces you to learn new syntax structures, and a completely new vocabulary and way of describing the world. Research has shown people who are multilingual often:

  • have higher general intelligence
  • are better at planning, prioritizing, and decision-making
  • have better focus, concentration and attention
  • have better memory and memorization skills, including better working memory
  • exhibit mental flexibility

There are just so many benefits to learning a new language, and as society becomes more globalised you might be forced to learn a new one.

Tools for language learning:

openculture.com (free language lessons) busuu.com (language lessons)

8. Learn programming

Programming, much like learning a new language, can be incredibly taxing on the brain. Steve Jobs famously said,

“Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer… because it teaches you how to think.”

Programming requires a structured and logical way to thinking, much like mathematics. Programming is advanced program solving that requires you to break down complicated problems into smaller manageable pieces that can be tackled. This structured way of thinking can then be applied to real-world scenarios. Good programmers are good problem solvers, and as the world becomes more technologically advanced, individuals with these skills will be rewarded greatly. Programming also requires incredible persistence as well as creativity. This is because small errors in a line of code can ruin the functionality of the end product. Programming develops grit due to the persistence needed for it. It has been said that a young Bill Gates (Before his billionaire days) would often code for twelve hours straight. Gates would often fall asleep on the keyboard, wake up and continue his coding.

Programming has never been easier to learn as there are many of online resources and communities that can help you. I personally like to use codeacademy.com as you can learn a range of languages from HTML to C++. Go and give coding a try!

Tools for programming:

  • Codeacademy.com (learn to code online for free)
  • MIT ‘Introduction to Computer Science and Programming’ (free online course)
  • Codeschool.com (paid courses)
  • Khan Academy ‘Computer Programming’ (free online course)

The Bottom Line

Expanding your mind is not rocket science. There is one common denominator between everything that I have listed. Everything challenges your mind in some way. Anything can be used as a tool to expand your mind, as long as it involves you learning something new. This list is by no means exhaustive; there are many things that I have omitted for example:

playing chess or any other strategy game learning a new musical instrument learning cognitive biases and heuristics building up your memory It’s up to you to figure out which tools you will use. I hope this article has been of value to you. Go out there and expand your mind!

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Title Taking care of your body is easy, you keep away from shitty foods and smash some deadlifts. How about your mind though? Here is a list of 8 things that you can start doing if you want to get smarter. It's about time you started taking care of your brain.
Author Joeycrackem
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Date 07 February 2018 05:17 AM UTC (3 years ago)
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[–]2Joeycrackem[S] 147 points148 points  (12 children) | Copy

Cliffs: Start doing shit that challenges your brain. Yeah you got nice biceps, but your body will diminish as you get older. All that we are left with is our minds.

[–]Bear-With-Bit39 points40 points  (3 children) | Copy

I find cooking is a good mental work out. If that gets to be routine, then try making a nice dinner for a small group.

[–]blackzero217 points18 points  (1 child) | Copy

I have developed a good connection with cooking. Some of the obvious benefits are that its healthier, cheaper, delicious etc but some of the not so obvious things I have discovered is that it is quite relaxing. Sure I am not making a Gordon Ramsay level dish each time, it can be something simple but there is a sense of achievement. This is something I have done purely for myself. Next up, it gives me better control over my binge eating habits. Feel like grabbing fast food? Well there is already cooked food in the fridge can't waste that. Oh also, girls love a guy who can cook. If I hit it on with a girl, usually by 3rd date I invite them over for dinner. Put on some music, prepare dinner while talking, eat and then eat some more ;)

[–]1OneRedYear9 points10 points  (0 children) | Copy

Cooking + A good podcast is how I bookend my day.

[–]The_Noble_Lie4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

Just to reference the article:

This is cognitively simple compared to any complex programming task. Theres more time dependence I suppose. Especially when cooking many dishes at once.

[–]Da_llluminati12 points13 points  (0 children) | Copy

The mind is important, but big biceps are importanter.

[–]Code3LI3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

To be fair, train both until and into old age. Sarcopenia, or age related muscle loss, diminishes our muscle mass by 3% to 5% per decade as we age, starting at the mere age of 30 years old. Strength training inhibits this. TRT helps mitigate or even reverse it.

[–]lazy_jones5 points6 points  (1 child) | Copy

If you're hoping that our minds won't diminish, you're going to be disappointed... It just takes a little longer to notice.

[–]KidWonder1010 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I disagree somewhat, exercise does a lot for the brain.

[–]1SirKolbath125 points126 points  (31 children) | Copy

Let me add to the language section the free app Duolingo. I've been studying Spanish for 701 days, ten minutes a day and now read it on between a fourth and fifth grade level. I check out kid's books from the library in Spanish and can puzzle my way through them. (The Rhinoceros Detective was about... Get this, a rhinoceros and he's a detective!)

All kidding aside, I'm getting ready to take some Spanish classes at the local junior College to work on speaking the language, but the reading foundation is a huge help.

[–]2Joeycrackem[S] 21 points22 points  (2 children) | Copy

I actually mentioned that one in the animated video. Great app!

[–]1SirKolbath5 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy

I actually mentioned that one in the animated video. Great app!

Good! I'm glad you brought it up. Can't believe I've been using the damn thing for 701 days straight. It's almost become an obsession.

[–]aboutarookie1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

This is the exact same post on the seduction sub

[–]weiry69225 points6 points  (11 children) | Copy

Im using Duolingo for learning swedish. It is a great app.

Have you ever used the paid for version? Wondering how good their audio lessons are. I currently listen to swedish YouTube videos while driving to work.

[–]1SirKolbath4 points5 points  (2 children) | Copy

I have not. Congratulations, by the way, that you are able to understand spoken Swedish. That's pretty amazing. I've noticed that Duolingo seems to be more focused on the written word, or maybe that's just the way that I process information.

[–]weiry69222 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy

Unfortunately I'm nowhere near that good yet. I only listen to videos teaching Swedish phases or basic conversations at the moment is what I meant. Yeah I agree, I've found listening to the YouTube videos to be helpful even if I only understand a few sentences.

Keep up that impressive streak sir.

[–]1SirKolbath2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

I've heard Swedish is a very difficult language to learn. Good luck!

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (5 children) | Copy

Varför vill du lära dig svenska?

[–]matthewzz19972 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy

Eftersom jag träffade en svensk tjej :)

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Enjoy ;) De är sjukt nice:a

[–]weiry69221 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

Varför vill du lära dig svenska?

Jag skulle gärna vilja bor där en dag. Jag talar bara lite Svenska. Hopefully that made sense :)

[–]Fraita1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Förstod precis allt ;)!

Good luck with your Swedish lessons, really have challenge myself to learn a new language too.

[–]matthewzz19970 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

I'm learning as well. What videos do you recommend?

[–]weiry69221 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I've been listening to GoSwedish videos over and over to try and memorize her lessons.

Duolingo Swedish forum is a good place to get recommendations on videos, I've seen them make quite a few suggestions. Depends on where you're at in your progress.

[–]Saihyou5 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy

By the way for some Asian languages (Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Korean) it's recommended to use LingoDeer as it was made specifically with them in mind.

[–]CheddarRob99 1 points1 points [recovered] | Copy

How do you say "Send them back"

[–]rookieMale2 points3 points  (2 children) | Copy

You can also try Memrise. It’s wonderful and offers multiple ways of learning a language. I use both Duolingo and Memrise daily for Swedish.

[–]1SirKolbath0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Thanks. I'll look into that.

[–]HandsomeTalos0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

My German teacher in highschool made us learn 100 words from Memrise and then verify us in front of the class. It was cool.

[–]Code3LI1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I'm really interested in brushing up on Spanish, so I'm going to download this app. Thanks!

[–]2comment1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

That's pretty good progress for 116h time investment. Since it's said that it takes 15m to get into a task and focus (Idk if this is backed up), I wonder if an 30/45/60/90m chunk at a time would be better investment or if the daily refresher is better?

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

The website LINGQ is great too in my opinion. It costs, but it is a great way to build your vocabulary and assess our level of inoweledge.

[–]1SirKolbath0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Thank you! I'll look into that. I've also heard very good things about the website "Spanish in 30 Days." It is supposed to focus more on helping you create sentences to speak in your head.

[–]NSFWIssue0 points1 point  (2 children) | Copy

5th grade level in 701 days doesn't sound very promising. What kind of lessons does Duolingo have? Basic vocab? Grammer structure? Pronunciation? Conversation? I think I'll check it out, some progress is better than no progress.

[–]1SirKolbath4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

Bear in mind that it's ten minutes a day. If I were studying Spanish 1-2 hours a day or doing total immersion I'd pick it up in a few weeks, but the logistics of doing so are incredibly difficult. Mathematically, this is 117 hours over the last year and 3/4. That's actually a lot of progress for a short period of actual work.

[–]photospheric_72 points73 points  (25 children) | Copy

I would add reducing or avoiding alcohol completely to this list.

There’s reliable information showing that even moderate amounts of alcohol can cause brain damage even if it might have some physical benefit (reduced blood pressure etc).

[–]Shakydrummer46 points47 points  (2 children) | Copy

Reduced my alcohol intake to basically where I can count on both hands by the end of the year how many times I drank. The difference is just night and day man.

[–]Endorsed ContributorMetalgear2225 points6 points  (1 child) | Copy

How many times you drank or how many times you got drunk?

[–]Shakydrummer1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Drank? For 2017 all it really was was Christmas, my birthday, and new years. I usually just drink soda water the rest of the time!

Getting drunk on the other hand, the birthday and new years were given but I honestly didn't even go super hard on my birthday cause at that point I could barely handle anything in the first place haha

[–]MisterInspector21 points22 points  (16 children) | Copy

Maybe its just me, but when I stopped smoking weed almost 5 weeks ago on friday, I've been feeling more alert and wary of how I spend my time. I actually want to get off my ass and take steps to improve my life. There's so much to do.

[–]S-Blaze9 points10 points  (7 children) | Copy

Also reduce testosterone. Everyone that I know who smoke regularly would be better off without it.

[–]Code3LI5 points6 points  (5 children) | Copy

Between alcohol and cannabis, I would rather be able to smoke every once in awhile rather than drink. I've seen too many overdoses, DWI accidents, assaults, etc while volunteering in the fire department. Not one similar incident, or any incident at all, was due to cannabis. As always, moderation is key. But people in NY don't even be that choice. And I would never suggest it as a mental crutch unless a medical professional prescribed it as a medication.

[–]S-Blaze0 points1 point  (4 children) | Copy

Drunktard incidents tends to be much worse but non violent incidents caused by weed are regular. Like a friend who almost crashed his car while stoned, 0 alcohol, if I hadnt picked the wheel in a hurry his car wouldve been a wreck and us probably injured. I smoked for 13-14years with breaks and I'd rather drink once in a while, it makes me social and cheerful. Weed put me too much in my head and make me lazy the following days. Also less gains when I smoke and less libido.

Still awesome to play some music on occasion but thats it for me. My roommate and best friend who I introduced to redpill is lazy as fuck because of it lol, he has a good job and many qualities, good redpill mindset overall but he doesn't lift and spend most of his sparetime playing games high. It can be hard to keep in moderation because people get accustomed to the dopamine. ''moderation'' for someone might be 1 blunt a day and thats just funny. The mexican had the slang marijuanna aka mary-whore which meant she both comfort you and destroy you, a little dramatic but true regardless.

Quitting helped me get out of my comfy parent's basement and do something with my life.

[–]Code3LI3 points4 points  (3 children) | Copy

Everyone is absolutely unique and different. They did a study in Colorado (it's on YouTube) where people smoked and a Sheriff watched them maneuver through a track. Even when quite high, he said that he wouldn't pull them over. In fact, I remember one person being so high they stopped themselves before the Sheriff said anything. This doesn't mean I condone it, but traffic fatalities were down 33% in the first quarter of 2017 alone in Colorado:


I'm also going by professional experience. I've had drunks try to attack me, I've had to hold them down to transport them, I've seen them roll vehicles, I've seen them be ejected from vehicles, I've seen them speak of suicide, I've seen them covered in piss/shit/vomit, I've seen someone due of cirrhosis of the liver, etc. I've never seen any incident in my hundreds of calls revolve around or even include marijuana.

And remember, Schwarzenegger used to smoke pot. Many famous people, some profoundly intelligent, smoked pot or do still smoke. It depends on the individual. I agree it can be a crutch for many, but it's better off legal. I would rather someone smoke themselves into a state of sleep rather than watch someone drink themselves into a state of death.

[–]S-Blaze-3 points-2 points  (2 children) | Copy

Schwarzenegger rewarded himself with it he didnt smoke it regularly. Same thing with the other famous people at their peaks. But yes everyone is different, it has an enhancing effect. For example me i'm a virgo, big thinker always in my head thinking,planning,dreaming, hypercritical of myself, careful about my look so I can't really unwind and feel at ease on it.

[–]SigmundRoidd8 points9 points  (1 child) | Copy

Gee You're a Virgo?

Damn, that makes a lot of sense.

Since the month you were born will coincide with specific personality traits.

[–]MisterInspector-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

I know a few guys like that as well. They could eat more and gain a few pounds of muscle/fat but instead they choose to ignore how skinny they look because they're skating to the next location to get high. It's sad. But then even two months ago, I was no better.

[–]_BITCHES_LOVE_ME_ 1 points1 points [recovered] | Copy

It messes up your dopamine levels and reduces motivation. Furthermore, regular heavy weed smoking is associated with cognitive decline comparable to a loss of five IQ points. This goes away once you stop/reduce consumption.

For me, I notice significant reduction in mathematical and logical abilities, and improvements in more creative abilities.

[–]MisterInspector3 points4 points  (1 child) | Copy

I completely stopped smoking after a solid two years of inhaling a few bong/pipe bowls a day and doing absolutely nothing. I feel great. I know it affected my motivation and happiness, but I sincerely hope my cognization didn't get fried, though I suspect that happened a while ago. And if it did, I hope it all goes back to normal, soon. I'll try to read more and watch science documentaries on youtube, purely for that purpose. Cheers.

[–]Senior Endorsed Contributormax_peenor3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

a loss of five IQ points

In young adults over a certain period of time... blah blah blah.

Medical science is largely a shitshow of contradictory studies (which themselves are the ghetto of science) and probabilities. It works because as with all things in a casino, the math favors a certain outcome over multiple tries.

So... point? Drugs should be looked at as a tool. Sometimes they will have utility. Often they will not. If you are using a drug because you need it to feel better, then you have a problem. If you are using a drug to feel normal, you may have a problem (i.e., it's ok to take a hydrocodone right after shoulder surgery, but if it is how you deal with a hangover, stop).

[–]DoveDizzle1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

Actually the latest research shows that it improves cognition and memory overall. But its probably different for everyone. First of all, i think sativa strains are better. Secondly, if people have high anxiety, thats worse for your frontal cortex. So weed can improve your cognition by lowering anxiety.

Of course, too much of anything is bad -- including food and water.



[–]general-heartless 1 points1 points [recovered] | Copy

Weird, because i got 91% in my calculus class and i was smoking weed for the entire time i was studying. Like, high as fuck. Maybe i was just smoking different strains than you were.

[–]Senior Endorsed Contributormax_peenor0 points1 point  (2 children) | Copy

There’s reliable information

Internet web links? How do they work!

I've seen data all over the place on this. You really need to cite when you make claims like this, because if I go from my memory, it says you are both full of shit and completely right at the time.

[–]photospheric_0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Haha you’ve got a point tbh. It was an observational study so it could be criticized. But it does seem intuitive that alcohol, which is a literal poison, which also causes your body to produce acetylaldehyde, would probably have a detrimental effect on the brain over time. It’s also been linked to head and neck cancers.

Point being, it’s not healthy in the amounts most people drink it. Beer in particular is loaded with phytoestrogens and can affect men hormonally. Odd that it’s considered the “manly” drink.

With that said, I’m not going to tell anyone that they should stop drinking altogether if they’re responsible and understand moderation. To me, it’s an issue of self control more than anything.

[–]Senior Endorsed Contributormax_peenor1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Odd that it’s considered the “manly” drink.

The RN rationed booze daily as part of tradition. They ruled the waves. Do you think they gave a shit about the health of their sailors? DO you think the sailors gave a shit given there was buckshot and explosives with their name on it out there?

Nevertheless, the speech I always give: drugs are tools and should be treated accordingly. Alcohol is one of those. Use and treat tools appropriately. Etc.

That said, you can pry my wine cellar from my cold, dead hands, commie. It only saddens me that fine wine and brandy actually has ethanol in it. It's a sad, mean joke from the heavens.

[–]3chazthundergut30 points31 points  (2 children) | Copy

You are missing the important first step: eliminate the poisons

Just like with physical fitness, 80% is removing the garbage. You can workout like crazy, but if you are stuffing your face with pizza and soda and donuts you are going to look and feel like shit. I know this from experience.

Similarly, if you want to achieve peak mental fitness you need to remove the things which are poisoning your mind. In terms of ideas, yes (get off the news cycle if you're on it. Get off the fabricated world of social media). But also at the chemical level.

Here I think the focus should be on dopamine. Our brains are over-saturated with dopamine just like our bodies are over-saturated with sugar and insulin.

Anything that gives you a quick hit of dopamine needs to be removed or at least significantly reduced.

Social media, porn, netflix, videogames, weed = these are the big culprits. When you are feeling a little bored or stressed or uneasy, what is the quick thing you do to numb yourself or give your brain a little shot of relief and pleasure? That is what you should focus on.

Dopamine should be harnessed in a way that is intelligent and beneficial to our minds and bodies. The feeling you get from socializing in person is good and we should reinforce it. But if you are getting the same circuits in your brain lit up by posting/ browsing on instagram, you are doing yourself a disservice. The pleasure you get from sex is amazing, and is a great reinforcer to keep you fit, keep your edge sharp, and keep your game on point. But when you light up your brain's pleasure senses with porn, you are reinforcing loser behavior (sitting alone in your room carrying on a sexual relationship with your computer or smartphone). The satisfaction you get from mastering new skills is good; videogames cheat you of that. The satisfaction of learning new ideas and tackling books and biographies is good; netflix cheats you of that.

And so it is with many things in modern life. You get the picture.

One of the greatest challenges that modern men face is not overcoming hardship, but overcoming pleasure ... the modern world is like a soft prison, with silk chains holding us down. Only the strong will have the discipline and resolve to resist instant gratification and pursue those things in life which are meaningful.

Struggling through real hardship, mastering skills, learning wisdom, building friendships, creating things of value and beauty, seducing and fucking beautiful women, etc. These are things which are most rewarding. But it's hard to pursue them when we are being constantly distracted by a smorgasbord of sugary food, videogames, and pornography. All cheap and easily accessible to a brain that has a evolved over a million years to become perfectly adapted to a world of scarcity and hardship.

TLDR- Step one in "taking care of your mind" is removing the poisons.

[–]HandsomeTalos0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Thanks, man! Really well put.

[–]vudewNL 1 points1 points [recovered] | Copy

I did and do all of these steps for years now. There is one downside though that you need te be dangerously aware of.

As you get better the world get's worse. Almost everyone you meet will become extremely dull.

[–]JointCA 1 points1 points [recovered] | Copy

I find that knowing that there's people out there that wil always be better than I/You helps remedy this a bit but I agree it does get dull sometimes.

[–]hiaf4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

As they say ignorance is bliss. Gaming dumb blondes becomes more of a chore than a challenge. Your friends will be bland for conversation as well as your family. Dumbing yourself down for conversation feels wrong but is necessary just as essential as is small-talk.

Avoiding small minded people and searching for your equals or better is a good way to climb social ladders.

This post encourages mentally stimulating activities much like we should search people worthy of our attention. I would like to add that entertainment without substance can still be enjoyed if done sparingly, much like social contact with thougtless individuals, though we should stray as far as possible for our sake.

I believe our mental health can be affected negatively with dull, negative and ignorant people just as severely as consuming mindless entertainment and not challenging the brain.

[–]JcHgvr20 points21 points  (2 children) | Copy

If you're the smartest person in the room you're in a wrong room.

Also actually reading a book instead of listening to audio book is a better mental exercise.

[–]Shakydrummer17 points18 points  (2 children) | Copy

I'd throw in learning an instrument as well personally. Can never go wrong with it!

[–]ImHydeRightNow 1 points1 points [recovered] | Copy

And learn theory too. It's facisnating.

[–]Shakydrummer2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

I can just sit there for hours thinking about how and where note displacement and different permutations fit into one another. It's like a gratifying never ending puzzle hahaha

[–]codingbuffnerd17 points18 points  (4 children) | Copy

I'd also include:

Reducing stress levels.

Healthy sleep. (everyday on the same time, uninterrupted, no coffee past 2-3pm)

Diet. Diet. Diet.

[–]Code3LI3 points4 points  (2 children) | Copy

To add: If your sleep is shit, get a Sleep Study done. You may have poor quality sleep due to sleep apnea or another disorder. Sleep Apnea cause disruptions in breathing, whether it be due to neurology or physical obstruction (as seen with people who snore).

[–]soider80 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Can you expand on the neurology thing? Is sleep talking/sleep shouting a case of this?

[–]Code3LI0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I had to brush up on it, but obstructive is when your throat narrows when sleeping, causing you to snore. Due to this you may not get adequate air and it disrupts your sleep cycle.

Central sleep apnea is the neurologically based sleep apnea where the brain doesn't send the correct signals to the breathing muscles while asleep.

There is also a combination of the two.

I have obstructive, I believe. I did an at home sleep study and then eventually did a sleep study at a clinic years later when the Sleep Doctor I went to, as well as their office, became stubborn and rude. I have and utilize a CPAP mask at night to helpncombat it. It helps, but it takes some getting used to. If I don't use it, I snore quite loudly (as per my wife).

Sleep Apnea can also cause issues if you're on TRT. My Hematocrit for awhile went up rather quickly when I didn't use my CPAP properly or adequately. Due to that j had to donate a lot of blood.

[–]seserta2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Re: diet - 4th month of ketosis and second month of ketosis + intermittent fasting. I took a break month in January just to see what happens.

I was slower in mind, emotionally not as stable and energy levels were not as high.

I guess it's like fitness. Once you experience a fit body, of let go for some reason, the difference is palpable.

I emphatically agree with what this one YouTube guy said about this combo - it's like running your body on rocket fuel!

[–]0rientado35 points36 points  (1 child) | Copy

  1. meditate

  2. talk to smart people irl

  3. absorb ideas through audio, text, or video

  4. solve or create, math, gaming, programming, music

[–]DoveDizzle5 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy

Music is huge, imo. Started learning the trumpet and feel much more alert due to having to be in the moment to quickly change notes etc.

[–]Endorsed ContributorAuvergnat27 points28 points  (3 children) | Copy

I have done all of these all of my life (except podcasts, they didn't exist back then... and reading biographies, I always preferred reading classics and non-fiction), and what I got wasn't "a more comprehensive understanding of reality", neither "the resources you will need to achieve your goals and live a happier life", or "potential power".

What I got was hubris ("I am so smart!"), grand but useless qualifications and general knowledge (you don't make girls wet, or gain popularity, or power, or money, because you've read Nietzche). Plus how do you know what you are reading/listening to is actually reality? It took me to stumble on this subreddit to finally starting understanding reality. Playing the guitar, speaking spanish, having read the great philosophers, getting educated didn't do it.

Now as I look back on over 20 years spent on "expanding my mind" as mostly a waste of time I could have spent getting "street smart" and "doing/achieving" more than "thinking/learning". "Experiencing" more than "analyzing". Be a man of action.

[–]redsanto4 points5 points  (1 child) | Copy

This comment should be on top, I'm still young (25) and I've been doing this kind of mental self improvement for a few years and I can relate everything you said. I'm planning to change my strategy i.e. if I want to learn a language I'll learn just the basics and move to the target country, or if I want to be more interesting I might travel to a certain museum in a different country and absorb all the information as a sponge. Another example would be learn programming to automate tasks from your job and this will lead you to have more time to relax and be less stressed.

[–]RedwallAllratuRatbar0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Lately I've been hanging with stupid people, watching stupid tv shows, reading gossip internet websites. I feel much better already and my "horizons" when it comes to talking with 90% of people have improved drastically. It's like getting drunk without drinking!

[–]WalterEArmstrong12 points13 points  (0 children) | Copy

You might consider adding books on investing to your list.

[–]anon35201 1 points1 points [recovered] | Copy

How to increase cognitive function to maximum.

Read this link, and write a 200 word essay on situations on your life where someone else used these principles against you, or where you accidentally used the principles against others: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_manipulation

To improve something, you need to know what it is and how it works, take a good look at the instrument responsible for cognitive function: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-65oKSot6cak/UoJ22azoPFI/AAAAAAAADXk/9FY4Ckyl-Pw/s1600/brain1.jpg

Notice how it looks like wires and pipes. That's because it's an engine, like a jet engine. So let's treat it that way, like an top engineer of a fleet of jets. The interior of your brain is much more complex. The operating principles of your brain uses atoms and molecules as like hinges on a door.

If you're confused about how your brain was kicked into existence over the last 3 billion years (thinking it a divine creation), those thoughts will hinder your brain development since evolutionary algorithms, genetic algorithms, blind watchmaker are themselves how your brain improves its own complexity and fitness over time, and to some extent you can witness this happening and help it along: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nnwvoH-4XI

At the beach pick up a handful of sand, see how small the grains are, your brain fits about 5 thousand to 15 thousand neurons in that space. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fC00zs8VGB0/UopCF-TaiLI/AAAAAAAADaw/iUDIwhjp8Xc/s1600/brain-neuron-types-a.gif

Learn about the operational mechanisms of how your neurons function down to the molecular level. Even if you have no skill in nor care for math or computer science, watch this lecture on neural nets, the professor gives a pretty good definition of how the brain works and learns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXt8qF2Zzfo

Do no harm via Drugs: toxic solids, liquids, and gasses. LSD, Cocaine, Oxycontin, Cannabis(Marajuana), Acetaminophen(paracetamol), Ecstasy(MDMA), Crystal Meth, Barbiturates, Opioids, Dissociatives, Psychedelics, Heroin, SSRI,Antipsychotic drugs, Ritalin, Adderall, Amphetamine, Percocet 10, Bath salts, High doses of Alcohol, High doses of pain killers both legal and illegal that you find in the Chicago Ghetto and/or local pharmacy. People will try to damage you, the same way a gorilla eliminates his competition by tearing off the arms of the other alpha male, so he can get choice females. Don't let people trick you into getting addicted to these. Once you start, you won't have the willpower to stop, and they will kill you in a hurry at worst, or take your best years away from you at best. You can hear the potheads among you protesting about some of these even as I write this, those people are the dipshits I am referring to here, unfriend them, cut them off, no apologies, they will bring you down.

Do no harm via head injury. When you lose brain function after a head injury, nothing feels different because your brain doesn't broadcast its own existence in the first place. It will happen later when you distinctly remember you were able to do this strange thing with ease, but now you do it and it's exhausting. Your brain is an instrument, like a computer, don't strike it in any way. Concussions, sports, roller coaster rides. People think brains are just magic and subdural hematomas aren't a thing. But they are.

Do no harm via Obesity. Look at these fatasses around you, they are damaging their minds. Your brain is like a jet engine and the last 300 million years has taught our species that sugar and fat must be stored at all cost or else you die. So you pig out on sugar drinks and junk food and you feel ugh and clogged up. That's because your pancreas is dumping out tons of insulin that instructs your adipose tissue to take up the sugar and fat, but it can't, its' full to the top. So it puts it in the next best place, attaching it in the form of triglycerides on the interior of artery walls. To some extent this happens in the brain too, blocking off neurotransmitter and nutrient/waste transfer to the hinges in your brain that help you read this sentence. To increase cognitive function to maximum, eat like a rabbit, carrots, vegetables, and drink water.

How to measure cognitive function? You can't improve something until you can accurately measure it quickly enough to test what is working and what isn't. Here's the best way I've found to estimate it, and it's a chicken and the egg thing, you can't have it until you get it, and you can't get it until you have it. The critical skill: to sense of if the person you are interacting with is way ahead of you, or way behind you in terms of how "in control" of their universe they are relative to you. Notice how intelligence has been teased out of the equation here. There are the hobos living in a van down by the river, whom society is content to see rot to death, they score low regardless of their secondary education in mathematics. And there are the rare shooting stars who shake the foundations of the Earth and establish places for themselves in the summary of the history of the human species on Earth with their highschool education. Look at behaviors and results. That is what determines intelligence, most people get that backwards. Sam Harris has a great lecture on free will, he talks about the little seer in our heads that either sees clearly or not. Getting logic to run on this little seer is the key to boostrapping accuracy in seeing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FanhvXO9Pk If you can see clearly and logically, then you have a perfect recipe for going through a group of 100 people, and picking out which 5, (or in your case which 75) are much higher than you in cognitive abilities.

So you've measured your cognitive function, good, don't stop there go to the other 15 metrics that determine a man's market value.

Social Capital - How many friends can you call on for assistance (your tribe) if you were to lose your wealth, health, and mind? One powerful ally high on this chart is better than 20 hobo allies.

Sexual capital - How visually desirable are you? Could you put on some makeup and pose for the magazine rack at the grocery store? The amount you have can be calculated precisely based on what a random selection of people think when they look at your picture.

Family Capital - How much Human capital do your biological parents or guardians have and what kind of relationship do you have with them?

Monetary Capital - Currency, Precious metals, liquid assets. A wealthy human is always superior, all else being equal, than humans who are poorer. Rich people become assholes though, so maxing out on this metric hurts you in other areas. However, in the reproduction department, this is the only one that matters.

Political capital - How many allies do you have that are in bed with the sovereign who can fiddle with the judicial system and use laws to subvert justice to your own ends? How much can you manipulate and force other people to do what they do not want to do.

Employment opportunity capital - Do you have a skill set in a coveted and growing in-demand profession? Software developers, brain surgeons, lawyers, and many other highly paid professions win in this measure. Minimum wage jobs are in the middle, and hobos who can never become employable are at the bottom.

Leadership capital - Can you organize a group of people with different objectives and get them all cooperating toward a single goal that benefits all?

Celebrity/fame capital - Do thousands or millions of people worship you and spend energy to do what you say when you ask it of them? Are the words that come out of your mouth printed on parchments and placed on grocery store checkout lines? Do your words reverberate on the Television in order to brainwash the masses and classes?

Youtube video: How The Economic Machine Works by Ray Dalio. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHe0bXAIuk0

Charisma Capital - Do the people around you gravitate toward you and crave to assist you and want to be around you?

Stability and Grit Capital - If someone takes everything away from you, your wife/husband, your kids, your health, your money, and all other forms of human capital you have, can you get back up to where you were?

Possessions capital - How many tools do you have? All else being equal, the man with a gun, a machine shop and a computer is better than the man lacking those things.

Knowledge Capital - Can you explain things well? Can you cut through the agendas and deception to get to the real scoop? Can you resist the deceiver and protect yourself against evil men who would trick you? Can you acquire knowledge at a rapid rate and use it to correct error in yourself and others?

Daniel Dennet, tools to transform your thinking, he talks about bootstrapping intelligence by bringing in the toolbox of thought tools and using them right: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJsD-3jtXz0

And much more from this source I'm paraphrasing from: http://machinesentience.com/How_to_increase_cognitive_function_to_maximum.pdf

[–]chootey0 points1 point  (4 children) | Copy

Do no harm via head injury. When you lose brain function after a head injury, nothing feels different because your brain doesn't broadcast its own functions all the time, it only broadcasts its presence when the task at hand needs it. It will happen later when you distinctly remember you were able to do this strange thing with ease, but now you do it and it's exhausting or hard. Your brain is an instrument, like a computer, don't strike it in any way. Concussions, sports, etc. People think brains are just magic and subdural hematomas aren't a thing. Your brain is like jello in a cup, shaking it damages it.

What are your thoughts on martial arts like jujitsu? I would like to learn self-defense but I'm wary of getting concussions from being thrown to the ground during sparring. I've already ruled out muay thai, boxing and kickboxing because of the head contact needed in sparring.

[–]anon35201 1 points1 points [recovered] | Copy

Imagine you make a bowl of jello in a square bowl and shake it or vibrate it. Does it tear or rupture at the molecular level when you kick the thing around like a ball?

jujitsu is fine, I'm just saying do everything you can to minimize their possibility of hitting your head if you want to have all of your brain participating in thinking processes.

Little hits accumulate. You could get hit in the head with a punch while wearing your helmet, maybe it shakes you up a bit but you're back to normal in a minute. But if I were to do do that hit on you every day for a year. You would be completely brain dead in a few months, perhaps weeks.

But I suppose people treating their head like a shake toy is a force of evolution. So in some sense it's natural selection, so calling it evil would be a mistake. It's just I want to be the one to make it through, not get culled out for not having a brain that is robust to deadly head strike.

[–]chootey0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Yeah that's my worry, is that little hits over time will add up and I'll pay the price for it years down the line. I want to be able to know defense for those instances when I need it, but I'll have to look more into the likelihood of getting a concussion in jujitsu and some of the other similar grappling martial arts.

[–]Collector7970 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

The chances of getting a concussion in a grappling art like BJJ is very, very low. You're far more likely to suffer a joint injury.

[–]loose_wrist7 points8 points  (2 children) | Copy

Here, have my upvote! A while ago someone said you should not read science fiction because it's trash. And I was thinking about books like 1984 or farenheit 451.
Those are science fiction books that expand one's mind.
You pointed out correctly that some categories will yield a better return than others.
But the mere fact of reading a book, even if it's a magazine about sports, is better than not reading.

Another truth; reading on paper is better than reading on wink or audio book; your mind catches more.
But as said; if you can go through 100audiobooks a year you'll learn more than going through one paper book.

[–]seserta0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Even the Foundation series. Good Sci-Fi is great stuff for the mind.

[–]wokedaoist8 points9 points  (0 children) | Copy

If you don't want to pay for meditation apps like Headspace, I've found Insight Timer is pretty great. Most of the guided meditations there are free.

[–]Mister-guy3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

Awesome post and great list. It's easy to get mentally lazy.

The only thing I would add is to spend some time outside and appreciate nature. It can be incrediblely important to your mental health and help you reconnect with your roots.

Go on a trail run, go backpacking, surf, fish, etc. Just get outside for a bit and away from your computer/phone/tv.

Edit: Added some words.

[–]PracticalInvestment5 points6 points  (1 child) | Copy

Html is not a programming language.

[–]gmangini4 points5 points  (6 children) | Copy

Also playing chess or magic The Gathering are great for the mind as well!

[–]Code3LI2 points3 points  (4 children) | Copy

This may be downvoted, but hasn't it been shown that video games are cognitively enhancing? Hand eye coordination, memory, communication skills, etc are all used. Moderation is key... You don't want to end up like the WoW guy from South Park.

[–]gmangini2 points3 points  (3 children) | Copy

You are correct to a certain extent and depending on the game. Playing a mind-numbing, 6 hours daily of COD is doing no one any favors. But I agree there can be some positive externalities to playing certain games--especially games that are incredibly strategic in nature.

[–]Code3LI2 points3 points  (2 children) | Copy

CoD is cognitive cancer at this point, and I was a huge fan. I like team based games and utilizing strategy. Overwatch has specific class roles and teamwork, Monster Hunter has a ton of game functions and strategy, etc.

CoD is just a money grab now. WW2 is ok, but the series lost its spark a long time ago.

[–]gmangini0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

I agree. I'm not a huge gamer, but I've heard positive things about league of legends from my chess buddies.

[–]telegetoutmyway0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

The game is good, but the community is toxic and lifedraining. Like anything else, moderation.

[–]NarcKammerjaeger4 points5 points  (1 child) | Copy

This self help ist getting outter control. Doing more left brain stuff ( like programming) to feel better or geek on things to distract yourself will make this whole shift worse! Why?

Because it is the problem in the first place that's why.

First I thought, well it is actually good to see something other than some 18yo's borderlineaspies Interaction report about how he sees girls as sluts now because he thinks he realizes things now (he don't). And hence this is a more or less sexual strategy sub I think this kind of posts are by far exceeding theire need to be here.

IT DOES NOT GO LIKE THIS: Learning programming -> getting degree? Doing freelancer stuff? -> money/self worth -> pussy.

Also listening to podcasts 5h a day without application won't do shit for you! Or will do the same as playing a video game. I mean playing strategy games on very hard does have its benefits.

On the other hand meditation should be a must. If you want to strengthen your working memory do duel-n-back training. Play an instrument ffs.

Take care.

[–]greatslyfer[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Doing stuff like programming is to exercise your brain , it's not to solve your life problems, that wasn't the point of the post.

And again, it is pretty much implied that you have to do something with life improvement podcasts, not just listening. If you think that's not an obvious message of listening to podcasts then you missed the point.

[–]Orsick1 point2 points  (6 children) | Copy

I've been meaning to listen podcast for a while, but I know none. Any recommendations?

[–]PB00340 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Try this https://youtu.be/GqqrTLwxE_Y

If you liked it, I’ll link another one.

[–]seserta0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Try the 'one you feed' podcast. No matter where you are in life, it's full of good information for leading a happier life.

[–]gmangini0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

The Joe Rogan Experience. He brings on interesting guests and they really tackle tough questions with great insight.

The Ben Shapiro Show. Stay up to date on politics.

[–]armthedark1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

Another great resource for upgrading your brain: Dual n Back.

It's a brain training game that has been shown to increase working memory with regular training. Working memory is a function of fluid intelligence, one of two components of IQ (the other is crystallized intelligence.)

A meta-analysis found that it produced an average increase of 4 IQ points. Some users have achieved as much as 15 points.

Most brain training games are bull shit and have no transfer to other mental skills in life. Thus far, DnB is the only one to display transfer.

[–]greatslyfer[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

15 points... you've got to be kidding me.

[–]heymikeyp1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I wish I could upvote posts like this twice. Thanks OPie.

I'd like to add one based of my own experience and others as well. And I may get downvoted for this.

The use of psychedelic substances. My major problem a few years back was procrastination, my closed off mind, comfort zone. I needed a hard reset and tripped on mushrooms. I didn't do it to fix myself I just never tried a psychedelic before. Needless to say it changed my life in a drastic way. Basically my way of thinking was completely altered. I got my life together, introduced new activities like daily mindfulness meditation. I began to research on more topics and just became an overall better, stronger open minded person and I contributed it all to a single trip of mushrooms. Whether it was always me deep down laying doormant and the power of magic mushrooms brought it to life is irrelevant to me. I truly believe each and every individual should have a psychedelic experience at least once in their lives from either DMT, Mushrooms, or LSD. Especially those in need of a hard reset like I did at the time. I now try to incorporate psychedelic trips a couple times a year with my other activities. Those who aren't informed of psychedelics, I would research them regardless. Its truly fascinating stuff. Many good books touch up on them, a few podcasts as well such as Joe Rogans.

[–]In33dmon3yz0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

+1 for Meditation . Tried it for years didnt have enough discipline. This year it was One of my priorities. And 20-40 minutes of your day makes such a Great Impact in dealing with loss, oneitis, Medical problems . After i meditate in the morning i Feel so free and calm

[–]German88350 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Any Apple podcast recommendations? Some I can start with.

[–]PB00340 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

https://youtu.be/GqqrTLwxE_Y you might be able to find it if you search the title in Apple podcasts.

[–]MorpheusGaveMeDrugs 1 points1 points [recovered] | Copy

My suggestion: Insight (App) it has a great variety of guided meditations with guys like Eckhart Tolle ("The Power Of Now" an extremely good book about meditation), Dan Millman ("The way of the peaceful warrior") and a few cool buddhist monks. I prefer it as a timer though.

[–]wtf7930 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Yea this is my go-to meditation app. It’s simple and it gives stats too.

[–]wisefool0060 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Audiobooks are available from the local library via the overdrive, Libby and hoopla apps.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (3 children) | Copy

How many #1's can there really be in a list of 8? Someone do the math.

[–]PB00342 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

It’s a glitch to my knowledge. See it every time.

[–]arrayay1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

When you adopt a condescending tone and talk down to your reading audience, as many as you want.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

This is the response I was looking for! XD

[–]Gravel_Roads0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Bravo. Literally everyone should read and consider this post. Men and women alike - this is genuine self improvement. Also excellent dating advice for anyone that wants to bag some quality company, and be able to contribute to the conversation with thought and substance.

This is quality advice.

[–]Kryptic_Knight0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Read - Start with Alan Watts. Learn spanish - easier than most, sounds nice in general.

I would advise anyone to focus on these two aspects before going into anything more taxing or detailed. Programming is nice but you want to wet your toes before diving in.

[–]TheRiseAndFall0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

If you are on Android a fantastic podcast app is Podcast Addict.

Two great podcasts to get started with are the Joe Rogan Experience and the Tim Ferriss Show. They both interview people from various backgrounds to learn what they do, how they think and how they got to where they are. I guarantee that listening to either cast will change your life and the way you think of things and of people within the first month. These podcasts will then lead you to other ones.

[–]bikeknife0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

For podcasts I would highly recommend Dan Carlin's Hardcore History. Most are free (A few ask for an optional 1$ donation) and are damned insightful. Blueprint for Armageddon really opened my eyes to world politics during WWI.

[–]FitnFreaky0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Reading this list and I do all of them except for the tip to learn programming. Thanks for the info.

I'd also like to throw in Jiu Jitsu. It's the perfect compliment of a physical workout and mental challenge. When you start combination visualization, it will put your mind in a pretzel. It's a great test to maintain your focus, expand your game and challenge yourself mentally.

[–]codespher30 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Two birds one stone I recommend my favorite podcast http://www.philosophizethis.org to anyone interested in general philosophy.

[–]mcnaughtz0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

This shits easy I already do all of these how do I get fit again?

[–]Kenny_Twenty0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Excellent suggestions.

Hanging out with insightful people is so important.

[–]seserta0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I can vouch for Headspace. Great app! Also, YouTube is full of audiobooks like psychocybernetics, deep work, mastery... I have learned so much from them and they have changed my life for the better.

IMO, success should be an inside out process. You succeed with your mind and body and all else follows suit. Including riches and freedom.

Also, I often just choose a Ted talk and let YouTube play similar talks. Amazing way to stumble into incredible things.

[–]bailey25u0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

The video takes you to a website that has a good list of essential readings


[–]wheresmyshwarma0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

What are some podcasts I should subscribe to for daily commute?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

..or follow a set, unchanging moral code, that has 2000 years of some of the greatest minds as adherents.

[–]boniggy0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I can attest to the audiobooks. I drive 2hrs a day in traffic and that allows me to plow thru books consistently. Its pretty awesome.

[–]juicebox4140 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

BTW: you can also access some Audiobooks and a whole bunch of Podcasts from Spotify. A particular podcast that I use is Coffee Break French and it's helped in understanding the simplest of exchange between two languages. They also have it for German, Spanish and Italian.

[–]irritus0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Great post mate, much more welcomed than some of the dribble that has been coming out recently

Some very important info there although I don’t completely agree with biographies and programming but that’s vastly due to what’s in line with my own interests.

Id possibly mention apps like brain training which make problem solving into small games which can be completed rather quickly yet the benefits are outstanding after persistent use

[–]archetypicalman0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Completely agree with #1. My life changed when I stopped hanging out/interacting with negative people and started associating with more like-minded folks. Unfortunately, most of these folks I meet are online since we're in difference cities. Another issue for me is the negativity/self-doubt/self-esteem issues I face with parents. Since they live with me, I can't do much about it and hence limit my interactions with them as much as possible. How would you handle this?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

This is a great post, saved. I firmly believe that improving your mind is more beneficial than body.

[–]CutLiver0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Lmao at getting a nice body being an easy task. Tell that to 85% of the guys out there who, if they have the energy, do some cardio and lift for 2 hours a week. I'm in the gym for around 6 hours a week and even I feel like I could be doing more. Getting a nice body is hard work, man.

[–]king_of_red_alphas0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I would actually say TRP itself (the sub not the concept) can be “spiritually” (for lack of a better word) detrimental.

The incessant negativity, anti feminist rage porn and just the overall obsessive focus on “how bad we have it” can really fuck with your thought process.

It stands to reason that if all day you are worried about holding frame, being alpha and just waiting for some girl to level a false rape accusation against you, you’re probably not really experiencing life or other human beings in the moment.

[–]toxic_hanger0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Are people generally smart after the learning a new language or is it because the were already smart enough to think of learning one. (code or speaking)

[–]2mental_models1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Think of this analogy to a champion boxer (bonus!: an entity that also happens to be at odds with brain health lol).

Learning a new language is to the brain like roadwork, lifting, rope-skipping, bag/pad work and sparring is to a champion boxer; It 'sharpens' your (brain) 'fitness'.

You still need esoteric boxing wisdom. I could take a star football player in peak fitness and genetic talent, loaded with performance enhancing drugs, and he wouldn't know shit about angles, glove placement, etc.., etc...

You still need genetics. I could take a man with a genetic heart condition and teach him the greatest esoteric wisdom from all the master boxers, but his body wouldn't be able to carry that knowledge to fulfillment. This guy could potentially be a great boxing trainer.

Learning a new language isn't going to make you smart. Thinking of learning one isn't going to make you smart. N-back isn't. Not treating your brain like a whack-a-mole isn't going to make you smart.

[–]bringer_of_glory0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Most important: Go for the things you really are interested in. Follow the interests that are YOUR interests, not the ones from others.

And think about this: Why do you want to become "smarter"? Is it because you want to impress people? So that people like you? Thats not a healthy reason, because you will never reach the point, where you will be satisfied or get the feeling, that "now, finally, people love and accept me". You have to learn to love and value yourself.

If you are just following your interests and want to broaden your horizon - go for it :)

[–]binarynightmare0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I actually find mental exercises and challenges to come more naturally than physical. Either way, solid post.

[–]leviathan510 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Are multilingual people smart or are smart people multilingual?

[–]Factor2_90 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

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[–]circlingldn0 points1 point  (4 children) | Copy

dont learn programming, instead learn marketing

[–]silverfox0070 points1 point  (3 children) | Copy

Could you expand on why marketing?

[–]jwyatt19912 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy

Because if you’re like me, you may make the mistake of taking a programming job, only to realize that working in an “enterprise” (usually corporate or military) environment won’t prepare you to become self-employed. You’ll know a “language” but you won’t learn to build an actual product that people want. You can’t sell a language, unless you’re selling to other programmers. And most tech can be reverse engineered and recreated by nearly anyone. So programming may not be what is necessary to build the product. Branding and marketing is what sets Google apart from Bing, Apple from Nokia and Tai Lopez from any programmer. A good name is better than gold.

[–]2mental_models0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

We live in a world that 'genius' isn't directly rewarded, while 'market position' is.

[–]al_khatib0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

steve jobs manually mined the silicon from earth and singlehandedly created a cpu production line, and ingeniously layout and design the ui/ux, soldered every component and wrote his own programming language wherein his glamour operating system was written and also singlehandedly populated the app store with his own apps and pitch his genious work to some rich people...

[–]DevlanHorner0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Highly recommend Harvard’s Intro to Programming course, CS50. It’s free, sharpens your brain, and makes you more employable

[–][deleted] -4 points-3 points  (1 child) | Copy

Check Tai Lopez his podcasts and his youtube channel.

[–]gmangini2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Tai Lopez is a fraud. If your looking true insight, I recommend Jordan Peterson.

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