7 Habits That Are Scientifically Proven to Improve Your Intelligence

7 Habits That Are Scientifically Proven to Improve Your Intelligence

Train Your Brain with These Scientifically Proven Strategies

A lot of people believe intelligence is something innate, that you're either born with it or you aren't. Luckily, this isn't necessarily true. Research has demonstrated you can train your brain to become smarter by giving it different challenges. The more skills you learn, the better your brain becomes overall. Here are some habits that will make a demonstrable effect on your intelligence.

1.       Playing an instrument

Playing music is a task which requires problem solving, motor skills, creativity, analysis and the understanding of language. Your brain is divided into two halves which are linked by the corpus callosum; playing music strengthens this link and creates new neural pathways. As a result, you get better at understanding complex problems and memorizing things, and your overall intelligence increases.

2.       Reading

Reading offers you several benefits: it broadens your perspective, improves your understanding, and fine-tunes your language skills. Whether you're catching up on Game of Thrones or reading your favorite blog, reading stimulates your brain and makes you a more confident person.

3.       Regular exercise

Exercise stimulates the reward centers of your brain and helps the synthesis of a protein called BDNF, which has been shown to improve focus, analytical ability, concentration and learning. A sedentary lifestyle, on the other hand, degrades the performance of your brain.

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4.       Language learning

Learning a foreign language is an excellent way to develop your problem-solving ability. You have to understand the way a completely new set of words and phrases work together, how the language is structured, and what this new language sounds like. In addition, learning new languages gives you the option to interact with people from different geographical locations. If you're working for a company, you could leapfrog your competition when it comes time for the company to select candidates for an executive visit to a foreign country.

5.       Taking notes

Can you remember the last time you read a truly life-changing book? Try to recall five major takeaways you had when you finished reading it. If you're like most people, you will struggle to come up with three. This is why you should get into the habit of taking notes.

Note taking forces your brain to go over the information you are writing down, strengthening the neural connections and the likelihood that you will remember it. Get into the habit of carrying a journal around and jotting down things that you think are informative and usable. Writing down quotes from books or speeches by hand is a great idea to reinforce the message within. If you're busy, use an app like Evernote on your smartphone to take notes on the go.

6.       Playing games

Playing games is a great way to exercise your brain. Chess, crossword puzzles and even video games stimulate different areas of your brain, giving it a good workout. First-person shooter games have been proven to improve hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness.

Playing any game at a high level requires a deep understanding of complex patterns. You need to understand your own play style and that of your opponents. Competitive gaming also allows you to develop the ability to perform under pressure.

7.       Meditation

The benefits of meditation are backed by a large volume of scientific data. The Dalai Lama famously demonstrated that he was able to generate specific brain patterns on demand. The Wall Street Journal published the full results of the research in 2004.

Meditation gives you the ability to observe your thoughts without passing any judgment on them. With regular practice, it allows your brain to exist in a state of complete stillness, devoid of any thoughts and emotions. Meditation is great for developing the neural patterns necessary to manage your stress and generate compassion and understanding.

Human brains are remarkably plastic. If you're persistent about adopting the right habits, you can improve your intelligence levels rapidly. If you're an entrepreneur or a business professional, adopting some of the aforementioned ideas can pay massive dividends in your professional and personal life.

About the author: Sonny Choun is part of our Marketing Team here at Pivot Insurance. He enjoys playing outdoor sports, bowling with friends, and spending time with family. His talent and expertise are a reflection of the Pivot culture. He believes life insurance is an essential part of a family's financial security. Sonny can be contacted at 1-800-651-1953 or schoun@sbsb.com.

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