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Mind fitness development tools

Various recommendations for things to try on your mind fitness journey including books, puzzles, games, apps, and programs. RARE SENSE has no official affiliation with any of them. Use at your own discretion.

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THINGS TO READ

BE NOT DUMB

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

By Mark Manson

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You don't have to care about absolutely everything and you are actually much better off if you don't.

Atomic Habits

By James Clear

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A deep dive into the power of human patterns of behavior and how they shape our mental health and daily lives.

The Happiness Hypothesis

By Jonathan Haidt

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Ten simple but profound ideas from human history that still apply today as to how we can live a happy life.

Conscious

By Annaka Harris

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Great short book that discusses what we know and don't know about the nature of consciousness in simple terms.

The Brain That Changes Itself

By Norman Doidge

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Amazing stories and insight into the power of the mind to adapt and heal itself, even when severely damaged physically.

The Happiness Trap

By Russ Harris

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A short introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy complete with daily exercises to work with unhelpful thoughts.

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PUZZLES & GAMES

FIGURE IT OUT

Solitaire Chess

from ThinkFun

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Progressively harder scenarios to clear the board by taking a piece with every consecutive move.

Chocolate Fix

from ThinkFun

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AKA the "cupcake game." Seems silly but gets extremely challenging. Only one arrangement is correct with limited clues.

Block by Block

from ThinkFun

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Insanely hard construction block game that's great for traveling. So many shapes with so few pieces.

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APPS & PROGRAMS

Inquire Within

Waking Up

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Very straightforward meditation app complete with introductory course and daily guided practice.

Curable

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An app that focuses on the mind-body connection to help cure chronic pain and other conditions.

The Gupta Program

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Neural retraining course aimed at helping people overcome chronic conditions like fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, etc.