Intelligence has been proven to help you make money. It also helps you interact with the world better and makes you both a more attractive friend and romantic partner. So, boosting your intelligence is one of the best self-improvement techniques available.
Most techniques on building intelligence don't work. This article will only cover the top 3 techniques that really make a difference.
- Exercise. Multiple studies have clearly demonstrated that regular exercise boosts intelligence. In addition, physical activity reduces anxiety, depression, and risk for heart disease. It is recommended doing aerobic exercise for 30-60 minutes, 3-4 times a week, to start reaping the benefits. Schedule exercise into your routine regularly so it becomes a lifelong habit. Your brain and body will thank you.
- Read. When you read, you have access to some of humanity's greatest minds. Eventually, their intelligence starts to rub off on you. You become more articulate, clear-headed, and wiser in your day-to-day life.
It's important to keep in mind that the quality of what you read matters. Reading the latest young adult romance or horror novel won't improve your intelligence significantly - just like bench pressing 10-pound dumbbells won't build up your chest. Try to read books that push your intellectual capacity. Your ability to comprehend texts will increase over time so don't be afraid to start slow. For example, if you're new to reading delving into William Faulkner or James Joyce may be too much at first. Consider an easier, yet still challenging book such as The Great Gatsby or Catch-22.
- Reduce Mindless Activities. Mindless activities are anything that allows you to "check out." These include things such as TV, browsing social media, and playing video games. Limit or eliminate these activities and your brain will function better.
Reduce your time spend on mindless activities in a controlled sustainable manner. Use your newfound time to practice activities that are good for your brain such as reading, meditation, writing, and creating art.
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