As we get older, we often take on less information. And that's a great shame as there are many online tools and resources available. After all, if we challenge ourselves every day to learn something new, you'll find that your willingness will often pay off in the form of a better rounded you.
So what are you waiting for? Get reading and let the thinking juices flow as we take you through 10 easy things you can do every day to learn something new.
1. Drink at least two glasses of water after waking up
A 2009 study found that a child's memory was significantly boosted when they consumed 300ml of water before they went to school.
But water doesn't just increase your ability to perform mental tasks. It also helps your fluid balance move along waste products and thus prevent embarrassing annoyances like constipation.
2. Watch a Ted video at dinner
Tuning into the latest videos uploaded on the Technology, Education, and Design (TED) website can make a simple meal a fascinating one.
And whether you're in need of a bit of motivation or have an urge to learn more about the experience of prisoners, there are thousands of videos that will be guaranteed to teach you something new or thought-provoking.
3. Read a book summary each day
Each breakfast, try reading a book review on Google. It doesn't have to be the full plot, but it should give you an idea of the themes and motifs behind it.
For instance, if you've always wanted to know what that book "The Great Gatsby" is about, just type the title in with the accompanying word, "Summary."
4. Play video games instead of watching a series or movie
This may sound too good to be true for gaming aficionados, but according to one 2014 study, even a simple game like Super Mario can have a marked effect on the brain's grey matter.
Forbes also carried out research which suggests that any engaged activity can yield vast improvements in brain power.
5. Read a book instead of watching TV
It may sound odd when cable viewers now have informative stations like the Discovery Channel and the History Channel available at their fingertips.
But when we watch TV, we are not training the brain. A book, however, is the opposite and forces your brain to imagine the information as opposed to passively consuming it.
6. Exercise during the day
Endorphins are a perfect remedy for any person needing a boost in serotonin levels. After all, happiness goes with intelligence, and if you are feeling deflated or low, it will be harder to have the motivation to achieve your dream.
You don't have to go to the gym five days a week. You could even just practice a few sit-ups each morning. Remember: the body and the mind are well connected. If either is neglected, both will suffer.
7. Spend time with someone smarter than you
We all know one person who is ridiculously intelligent, and though you may feel inferior to them, you shouldn't be!
See it as a chance to learn more than you usually would and before you know it their knowledge will start rubbing off on you!
8. Walk in nature
Why? Because it can be highly therapeutic as the mind is often calmer when surrounded by nature.
9. Carry a notepad
If you want to make the most of each day, then carry a small notebook. Humans are full of wonderful ideas, but so often they remain ideas and little else. So when creativity hits, write it down!
You never know what might crop into your head! More importantly, writing down your thoughts and ideas will teach you to be more logical and help train your curiosity.
10. Always plan ahead
The smartest are often methodical when it comes to planning. They may be busy, but they deal with their workload more efficiently than others so you should follow suit.
All it takes is a few minutes to dot down a few tasks or goals, and before you know it your days will feel less sporadic and more productive.