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3 Techniques That Will Increase Your Intelligence

There are many common misconceptions about intelligence. Naturally, we tend to view it as fixed. However, there are more ways to boost your IQ than you think.
by Francesco D'Alessio | Jan 26 2017

Intelligence is very similar to fitness, with your brain being the core muscle. It is something you can exercise and build on over time. Unlike fitness, you may not be able to visually see the results, for obvious reasons, but you will almost certainly feel them.

You can boost and increase your intelligence today. Don't let anything hold you back.

We’ve pulled together a few techniques for you to try out and build upon. Check out these actionable tips and get started today!

1. Physical exercise works positively impacts the mind

Studies have shown increased blood flow leads to better brain functions.

Candidates who performed HIT (high-intensity training) workouts showed a boost in word memory by an impressive 20%. Some valuable insights into the importance of exercise on your body’s cognitive functions.

Don’t expect to see mind-boggling results. Sadly, a 20 minute treadmill run won’t turn you into the next Newton, but expect to see improved decision making, focus and happiness, all resulting in minor improvements to day-to-day intelligence.

2. Pursuing your hobbies

Exercising creativity is another phenomenal intelligence booster. Trying new things will help you to craft the “creativity muscle” up there, helping to expand your awareness of new situations and environments.

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” -Albert Einstein

Why not try pursuing a hobby in the afternoons or evenings? Even 10-minutes a day will help to craft your exposure to new thing or even committing to trying one new activity a week. This won’t only help build on your creativity, but offer a way to discover new things.

So, pencil something in, every week. Something brand new and fresh. This could be a new hobby, sport, food, language, book genre, workshop, event… there’s lots to do.

3. Continuous learning

Crawling through both fiction and nonfiction titles is a very obvious one.

A study from the University of Atlanta took 21 students while they rested and performed fMRI scans. The students read a section of a book over 9 nights, followed by a scan every morning.

The results showcased that the students had “heightened connectivity” each morning across the 9 days. Sharing with the world the importance of developing a learning mindset, whether it’s fiction or nonfiction.

There’s much merit in jumping into nonfiction books alongside fiction. Blinkist, an app that transforms your reading experience, helps by extracting the most important elements of a nonfiction into bitesize chunks to create a 15-minute read. The short reads cook up concrete, actionable advice, giving you the perfect dose of knowledge, wherever you are.

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Remember the mindset of “always learning” can have a profound impact on your intelligence. Open-minded individuals tend to develop a better awareness of their surroundings and accepting of most outcomes and reacting to them.

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