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Challenge Yourself to Find Themes

Woman relaxing on a pier by by a calm, natural lake in the early morning. She is holding a steaming mug.

How can you find deeper meaning in life?

Strengthen your brain connections by looking for deeper meaning in your experiences. Ask yourself what themes, or bigger ideas, connect to your activities and observations.


Challenging yourself to think in themes helps move you beyond surface-level thinking while strengthening connections between different areas of the brain. Seeing a bigger picture helps you build cognitive strength, resilience and a sense of purpose.


  • Describe your day in three unique words.
  • Generate five or more themes from the next movie you watch.
  • Reflect on or journal about significant moments in your life.
  • Share memories with friends and family as you observe patterns in your experiences.

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TRY ANOTHER KNOW BRAINER: How can you train your brain to see a bigger picture?