Everyone wants to be smart; in fact we would all like to be smarter than the people around us. The average human being has a learning curve that dips substantially after they attain adulthood. Does that mean that a person gets less and less smart after a certain age? No it does not, however people stop learning after a certain age and don’t add to their personality or knowledge. Many people also feel that after they attain a certain amount of success they can afford to stop learning new things. Quite a significant number of people are too caught up in their daily lives to pay attention to things like getting smarter. This however can lead to a digression in life itself as we constantly need to keep pace with an ever changing world and also need to keep making ourselves smarter as we go ahead in life. Here are some tips to help you get smarter.
10. Read and keep reading:
Reading is one of the best ways to make yourself smarter and also it never hurt anyone to have more knowledge about the world we live in. It is one of the best ways to keep your brain alive and kicking for the longest possible time. Reading newspapers and magazines should be a regular habit, besides that reading books is also very helpful. Make it a point to pick up a new book whenever you can. The world’s greatest treasures come in the form of books and they help you grow yourself as a person and as a part of the world.
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9. Broaden your cultural horizons:
Get involved in cultural activities to keep your knowledge flow high. It is easy to follow a lot of different cultural activities and make yourself smarter. The simple appreciation of art is also enough to keep your brain growing all the time. Get involved in some artistic activity as often as you can, it can be something as simple as constantly improving and upgrading your taste in music too. Keeping an open mind to culture is also a great way to get involved with more conversations with more people.
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8. Keep yourself involved in productive activities:
Do not let yourself and your brain stagnate at any point. If you feel that you are stagnated and saturated with some things, take a break to find something new to do. Do not spend time idle as it affects your physical and mental health equally. It is also good to keep yourself involved in sports. Most people stop taking part in any sport after a certain age, this should not happen as sports help keep the mind and the body in tune.
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7. Constantly reflect on yourself:
Self reflection and self criticism is one of the best ways to keep your brain on its toes. The mind is the only self perpetuating machine that was ever created and it needs occasional scrutiny from its own self to ensure that it does not stop growing. It is also important for a person to analyze their own thought and action to become a better and smarter person. Maintain a personal daily dairy to keep track of what is happening in your life.
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6. Eat healthy:
Needless to say, healthy eating is one of the best ways to keep your body and mind fresh. Do not starve yourself as the brain needs a constant, healthy supply of energy to maintain its productivity. Healthy eating also means avoiding excessive consumption of anything which also includes alcohol and smoking. Try and stay away from drugs as much as you can. Also refrain from excessive snacking and eating unhealthy fast foods as they can affect your physical appearance which can lead to a loss in confidence.
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5. Think positive:
The importance of positive thinking in keeping the mind fresh and healthy cannot be stressed upon enough. Think positively even if you don’t get the best results from anything as it will help you gain more impetus to attempt the next goal with more enthusiasm. Do not let negativity creep into your mind at any point in time as it can severely affect your desire and ability to learn new things.
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4. Get plenty of sleep and exercise:
Research has shown that lack of sleep severely affects mental function. It is important that we get a minimum healthy amount of sleep every day. A lot of people don’t realize that the brain also needs its rest from time to time. Sleeping when you are tired is the best way to give the brain its share of rest and relaxation. It is also equally important to exercise a certain amount daily. Exercise does not mean going to the gym and sweating it out, it can be something simple too like going out for a jog, or even a walk. It can help keep your mind fresh and it also helps keep your body fresh.
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3. See more of the world:
Travel and see as much of the world as you can. It will help increase your own understanding of the world that you live in. It is important to explore the world that we live in too as it is a vital part of a person’s intellectual growth. Seeing more of the world will also give you knowledge about how people in other parts of the world live and what are the similarities/dissimilarities that exist between you and the others. Giving yourself new things to see and enjoy also helps the mind by keeping it occupied in different ways.
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2. Change and accept change:
Accept every change that comes about in your life and learn to enjoy it. It is important to always keep moving in life. Understand and accept that change is the dynamic of life and immerse yourself in every new thing that comes to you. It will help you grow as a person and will help your mind grow smarter. People are often unable to accept the changes that happen in their lives; a lot of people also fear change and remain stuck in the same capacities for a long time which is not good for anyone at all.
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1. Learn/do something new every day:
Make it a point to say to yourself before each day begins that you will learn something new today. Learning does not always have to be monumental, learn something new every day, something small and you will make yourself smarter without even knowing it. Do something new every day, it is a great way to keep your life enriched and this will also help you gain impetus over your own self. Set yourself a goal every day or as often as possible so you can keep going ahead.
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