Growing up, we always thought that some people were just born intelligent. They always seemed to get things done easily, got all the credit, solved problems quickly and ended up becoming rich. While this might be true for a few, neuroscience shows that we can actually train our brains to become intelligent. Many studies have shown that you can teach your brain cells to become smarter with practical day to day activities. Being smart is possible at your age and it starts with changing your lifestyle and creating daily healthy habits that will groom that part of your brain that makes you intelligent. Here are 8 habits that make you smarter day by day..
1. Read! Read! And Read!
Reading is a proven way to boost your intelligence. By reading a little every day, you open up your brain to new ideas, concepts, and knowledge. Some experts say that it doesn’t really matter what you read while others claim that you need serious reading and not celebrity gossip.
Regardless, reading creates an environment of analytical thinking, reflection, imagination, and enhances the healthy growth and development of your brain. One wise person once said that learning is a continuous process. It never stops and as long as you’re alive, you’ll always learn about new things in life. So, get a good book and develop a daily reading habit to sharpen your brain.
2. Be Curious
Asking questions is a great way to learn and understand what’s new. Kids are known for their never-ending questions because they are curious to know how things work and why they work the way they do. As adults, it’s also important to be curious about things you don’t understand. It’s only by asking questions that you become aware of new information.
Understandably, as we get older, we have so much in our hands that we don’t get time to explore or learn new things. But, instead of lazing around, binge-watching, you can use the time to find answers to questions you’ve been having. Don’t just ask questions about the things you don’t know, but also about the things you think you know. Getting a different perspective gives you an insight into new ideas that will help develop your thinking skills.
3. Spend Time with People Who Are Different from You
Spending time with the same people every day is comfortable and fun, but not as productive. Go out and find people who think and live differently. Get to know their stories and you can be sure to learn something from them. Similarly, hang out with smart people, and you’ll start thinking like a smart person. A wise person once said, “If you hang out with four broke people, you’ll be the fifth, and if you hang out with four millionaires, you’ll be the fifth.” This is the habit of successful people. A smarter person will offer constructive ideas that you can build on and open up your mind to living a successful life.
4. Study a Different Language
Learning a different language is a challenge by itself. It takes a lot of hard work to try to understand the terminologies. This triggers your brain to be more active and flexible, improving the health of your brain in the process. Studying a new language strengthens your brain by stimulating different parts of the brain to get to work. Set aside 30 minutes every day to learn the new language, and try to stick to that routine. You’ll be surprised by the results.
5. Play Brain Games
Brain games boost your cognitive function and IQ. There are many apps that you can download and play, but choosing a game that you enjoy is helpful. Do crossword puzzles, solve mysteries and play games that are beneficial to your brain. It’s a great way to relax and learn at the same time compared to watching your favorite TV show all day.
Your body needs to be healthy if you want to live a happy life. Exercise is a tested and proven method of keeping fit and preventing many health conditions. Set a routine that is achievable every day. The important thing is to do what you like and what works best for you. Make small changes in your life that will have a huge impact on your health like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking farther away so that you can walk, taking breaks and going for lunch outside the office, wake up and jog every morning before going to work or join a gym class.
7. Eat Healthily
We cannot stress enough how crucial eating a healthy, nutritious and balanced diet is. It’s a fundamental building block to everything you do. Choose your foods wisely. While it’s okay to indulge in pizza and other junk food, you should limit it to once a month or during special occasions only. A great way to enjoy your meals is to try out new healthy recipes and include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet.
8. Play Music
Do you love the violin, piano or the guitar? It’s said that playing music improves creativity and is good for your overall health. Pick up your favorite instrument and start singing your heart out. Not only will you be making yourself happy but you’ll also strengthen your memory, help with problem-solving skills and improve the overall health of your brain.
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