What does it mean to be smart? Can it be measured by a standardized test or is it something more? Is it the way you hold yourself, your emotional intelligence? Is it how you improve yourself daily and learn new things? Is it the skills that apply to the real world or how well you did on your math test?
Being smart means that you’re willing to improve your mental capacity every single day. You want to boost your brain power and do the very best you can possibly do. It means that no matter what life throws at you, you will work smart. You will rise up to any challenge, you will be able to solve any problem. These kind of skills aren’t always taught in school, but you can become smarter every day by doing little things to boost your brain power.
You don’t have to go back to school to become smarter every day, you just need to be willing to try new things, to learn something new, and to go on a journey of self-discovery. It’s easier than it sounds…
1. Make a list of things you’ve done
Lists will help boost your brain power, particularly your short and long-term memory. If you struggle with remembering things, start making lists of the things you’ve done, start with a list of five things that changed your life.
List the workouts you’ve done. Make a list of tasks you’ve managed to tick off, list conversations you’ve overheard and inspiring colors you’ve seen. Recalling these things will make your memory stronger, and help you to remember the little things.
2. Explain one new thing every day
Einstein said if you can’t explain something simply, you don’t understand it well enough. Try to explain something simply to someone every day, it will help you to understand it better yourself and make your understanding of the things you need to do whether it’s in work or your own personal goals.
Interestingly, the more you try to explain, or practice explaining things, the better your understanding of them will be.
3. Play more brain games
Brain games are like weightlifting for your brain, you can’t expect your brain to be in tip-top shape if you aren’t working it out. Your brain needs to be challenged. Studies recently found that the act of actual brain training doesn’t actually contribute to improved cognitive function because, like any exercise, your brain will get used to solving the same repetitive game over and over.
If you’ve ever tried The Impossible Game and trained yourself to defeat it, you’ll know what I mean, your brain will eventually find the challenge easy, so to really work out your brain, you need to change the difficulty of the games you play. Try everything from maths to logic puzzles.
4. Push yourself out of your comfort zone
Try new things! That’s the key to becoming smarter. Emotional intelligence is gained by understanding new perspectives, intelligence itself can be gained by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.
Try new things to expand your horizons, new foods, new books, new TV shows are all small things you can do. You can try new workouts, push yourself above and beyond and visit new places to boost your understanding of the world around you.
5. Exercise more regularly
Exercise is the most important ingredient in boosting your brain power. Scientifically speaking, working out produces more irisin which is believed to have neuroprotective effects. It’s also meant to boost your memory and learning. The endorphin boost you get from a good sweat session can’t be beaten by anything else, it protects your brain as well as boosts it.
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