As we cel­e­brate the Hol­i­days and wel­come a much need­ed New Year, we asked our team and trust­ed advi­sors to com­pile a list of gift (and self-gift) ideas to help every­one stay sane and healthy in the months ahead, pri­or­i­tiz­ing three habits which have been shown to pro­mote brain health, resilience and pos­i­tive neuroplasticity:

Let’s Read: Here’s a selec­tion of 12 fas­ci­nat­ing books to add healthy nov­el­ty, vari­ety and chal­lenge to our read­ing lives — and there­fore to our brains and minds!

Let’s Play: Here are 12 cre­ative and (most­ly) col­lab­o­ra­tive board games. A peace­ful upgrade from the clas­sic Monop­oly and Risk … we know you know what we mean :-)

Let’s Train: Here’s a selec­tion of the equip­ment we have relied on the most to stay fit, resilient and pur­pose­ful this year. It’s time to train and also to relax, to explore, to connect.

For each and every sug­ges­tion, at least one col­league has tried it and tru­ly loved it; and we have ver­i­fied they have many and pos­i­tive reviews. We are link­ing to their respec­tive pages in Ama­zon web store so that you can com­plete your research there, read­ing the details and user reviews, and because, as an Ama­zon Asso­ciate, we earn a small fee from qual­i­fy­ing purchases.

Hap­py & Healthy Hol­i­days, Hap­py & Healthy New Year!

The Sharp­Brains Team