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11 Apps to Kill Boredom While Upgrading Yourself at the Same Time

11 Apps to Kill Boredom While Upgrading Yourself at the Same Time

You are waiting at the doctor’s office, or even for your bus. There’s nothing to do but stare at the people around you – all waiting. You’re boredom antsy and start to fidget. Before you cave in to that gnawing sense of boredom, grab your phone and check out some of these cool apps. They’ll not only alleviate some of that boredom, but also stretch your brain in the process.

Luminosity – Brain Training

    4.5 star, 4+ app by Lumos Labs Inc. Challenging your brain against the clock with match, odd one out, spatial awareness and memory type fun games. Makes you think fast and gain agility in your quest to beat the timer. Free version only allows you to play three games a day, which isn’t so bad in retrospect, if you tend to get addicted to playing on your phone! In-app purchases available.

    Elevate – Brain Training and Games

      This 4+, 4.5 star rated app by Elevate Inc., for Apple & Android, offers beat the clock games in math, reading comprehension, speed reading, memory and writing. You’ll need audio for some sections of this game. The free version again offers only three games a day, and if any game offered seems too daunting after a long day at the office, they will switch it out for another choice. They do offer a pro-version of this game for a fee.

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      Powerful Brain- Brain Teasers, Funny Jokes and How Things Work

        5 star, 4+ rated app by Lin Haun for iPhones. 300 brain teasers and clever jokes for kids and adults to kickstart your brain. Good for chilling, having a laugh and learning all in one. Available for on iTunes.

        Clockwork Brain Training- Memory & Attention Game

          This 4+ star app created by Total Eclipse P.C. was voted one of the best 500 apps in the world by the Sunday Times, this Victorian Steam Punk styled app runs you through fun and challenging games to expand your memory, reasoning, attention, language & dexterity skills. Free version and also ad-free paid version available. Available for Apple, Android & download.

          Knowledge Trainer – Warm Up Edition

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            Good for Trivial Pursuit fans, this 4+, 4.5 star rated app by the binary family tests your knowledge of events, people, places, sports, science, history, and more. You never know what information lurks in the back of your brain until you play a game like this! When you get the answer right, you move on. Like it? Upgrade to the paid version. Available for download or through iTunes.

            Block! Hexa Puzzle

              Created by BitMango, this 4+ , 4.5 star rated app is a puzzle game. Complete the given shape with the hex a-blocks provided to reach the next level. Compatible with for Apple products and Android. Relax with a puzzle while stretching your brain.

              MindSnacks

                Rated 4+ and created by Mindsnacks, in this award winning app, you can learn a new language like Italian, French, Portuguese or even Chinese, or brush up on your own through a series of fun, interactive games like keeping a penguin on ice, popping balloons and stopping birds from flying away. Race the clock to the finish and climb to the next level. In-app purchases allow you to unlock higher levels and more games. 7 languages, kids vocabulary and SAT words.

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                Flow Free

                  This puzzle game will keep you entertained and expand your mind as you attempt to connect matching pipe colors to make a flow and solve the challenging puzzles. Created by Big Duck Games LLC, this 4+ rated game has received 4.5 star reviews. Free Flow is available for Apple and Android products.

                  Sudoku

                    5 star rated app by Finger Arts is everybody’s favorite challenging number puzzle at the touch of the screen. Thousands of puzzles. Integrated system allows you to rank and compare your scores with friends or strangers. Good for flexing those brain muscles. Did we mention that it’s free? Available for Apple, Android and download.

                    Can You Escape

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                      If you like Escape Rooms, this puzzle teasing game created by Kaarel Kirsipuu is for you. Just like in the escape rooms, you must solve a puzzle to make it into the next room and so on until you can break out. In app purchases to open new rooms. Escape Room received a 4.5 star rating and rated 4+. Kaarel Kirsipuu has also created several more Escape Room games and even Escape the Titanic, for Escape Room fans.

                      Move the Block Slide Puzzle

                        From the makers of Roll the Ball and Word Crush, two more brain stretching-worthy apps, BitMango has also created Move the Block Slide Puzzle, a game where you have to get the red block to the end by sliding the other blocks. A 4+ rated game and brain teaser. Available for Apple and Android products.

                        So next time you find yourself getting bored, download one of these apps to entertain you while exercising your mind.

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                        Last Updated on September 11, 2020

                        Why a Life Without Pain Is the Guarantee to True Suffering

                        Why a Life Without Pain Is the Guarantee to True Suffering

                        No one wants to suffer. As a general rule, people like to avoid hurt and pain as much as possible. As a species, humans want a painless existence so much that scientists make a living trying to create it.

                        People can now choose “pain-free” labor for babies, and remedies to cure back pain, headaches, body-pains and even mental pains are a dime a dozen. Beyond medicine, we also work hard to experience little pain even when it comes to loss; often times we believe a breakup won’t hurt as much if we are the ones to call it off.

                        But would a world without pain truly be painless? It’s unlikely. In fact, it would probably be painful exactly for that reason.

                        If people never experienced hurt, they wouldn’t know what it was. On the surface level, that seems like a blessing, but think for a moment: if we didn’t know pain, how would we know peace? If you don’t know you’ve hurt or been hurt, how would you know that you need to heal? Imagine someone only knowing they have an incurable cancer at the final stage because no obvious symptoms have appeared at early stages.

                        Without the feeling of pain, people won’t be aware of dangerous situations—what should or shouldn’t do for survival.

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                        Pain Is Our Guardian

                        Pain serves to protect human beings from harmful actions. It’s the same reason parents teach babies that fire equals hot, and that hot equals hurt. Should the baby still place its hand in a fire or on a stove, the intense pain remains so memorable, that the child is certain never to repeat that action.

                        In the same way, pain within human bodies can serve as a warning that something is not right. Because you know what it is to feel “well,” you know what it is to feel poorly.[1]

                        Along with serving as a teacher of what not to do, pain also teaches you what you are made of in terms of what you can handle as an individual.

                        While the cliche, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is a tired term, it’s used excessively for a reason: it’s true. Pain helps you learn to cope with life’s inevitable difficulties and sadnesses— to develop the grit it takes to push past hardships and carry on.

                        Whether it’s a shattering pain, like the loss of a loved one or a debilitating accident, pain affects everyone differently. But it still affects everyone. Take a breakup as an example, anyone who has experienced it knows it can hurt to the point of feeling physical. Especially the first breakup. At a young age, it feels like the loss of the only love you’ll ever know. As you grow and learn, you realize you’re more resilient with every ended relationship.

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                        No Pain, No Happiness

                        You only know happiness when you have known pain. While the idea of constant happiness sounds nice, there is little chance it would be. Without the comparison to happiness, there’s no reason to be grateful for it. That is to say, without ever knowing sadness or pain, you would have no reason to be grateful for happiness.

                        In reality, there is always something missing, or something unpleasant, but it is only through those realizations that you know to be grateful when you feel you have it all. Read more about why happiness and pain have to exist together: Chasing Happiness Won’t Make You Happy

                        In a somewhat counter-intuitive finding, researchers found one of the things that brings about the most happiness is challenge. When people are tested, they experience a greater sense of accomplishment and happiness when they are successful. It is largely for this reason that low-income individuals can often feel happier than those who have a sense of wealth.[2]

                        This is a great thing to remember the next time you feel you would be happier if you just had a little more cash.

                        Avoiding Pain Leads to More Suffering

                        Pain is inevitable, embrace it positively. Anyone who strives to have a painless life is striving for perfectionism; and perfectionism guarantees sadness because nothing will ever be perfect.

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                        This isn’t a bleak outlook, but rather a truthful one. The messy moments in life tend to create the best memories and gratitude. Pain often serves as a reminder of lessons learned, much like physical scars on the body.

                        Pain will always be painful, but it’s the hurt feelings that help wiser decisions be made.

                        Allow Room for the Inevitable

                        Learning how to tolerate pain, especially the emotional kind, is a valuable lesson.

                        Accepting and feeling pain makes you human. There is no weakness in that. Weakness only comes when you try to blame your own pain on someone else, expecting the blame to alleviate your hurting. There’s a saying,

                        “Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting your enemy to die.”

                        Think back to the last time you were really angry with someone. Maybe you were hurt because you got laid off from a job. You felt angry and that anger caused so much pain that you could feel it in a physical way. Being angry and blaming your ex boss for that pain didn’t affect him or her in any way; you’re the only one who lost sleep over it.

                        The healthier thing to do in a situation like that is acknowledge your pain and the anger along with it. Accept it and explore it in an introspective way. How can you learn and grow? What is at the root of that pain? Are you truly hurting and angry about being laid off, or is the pain more a correlation to you feeling like you failed?

                        While uncomfortable, exploring your pain is a way to raise your self-awareness. By understanding more about yourself, you know how to deal with similar situations in the future. You can never expect to be numb to difficult situations, but you will learn to better prepare financially for the loss of a job and be grateful for an income since you now know nothing is promised (no matter how much you work or how deserving you may feel).

                        Pain Hurts, but Numbness Would Be Worse

                        Pain does not feel good, but the bad feeling of it will help you learn and grow. It makes the sweet moments in life even sweeter and the gratitude more sincere.

                        To have a happier and more successful life, you don’t learn from success or accomplishment, but through pain and failures. For it is in those moments that you learn how to do better in the future or at least cope a little more easily.

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                        You are the strong person you are today because of the hardships this life has presented to you. While you may have felt out of control when those hard times came, the one thing you will always have control over is how you choose to react to things. The next time you hurt or you’re angry or sad, acknowledge it and allow yourself to ruminate in it. Then take a deep breath and start learning from that pain. You’ve got this!

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                        Reference

                        [1] University of Calgary: Why is Pain Important?
                        [2] Greater Good Magazine: The Importance of Pain

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