Everyone craves intelligence. It is the most admired and useful tool a human can have, and our society celebrates it—rightfully so.
7 Habits You Can Do Today to Make You Smarter
If you are ready to train your brain, we're here to help. Here are seven habits you can start incorporating into your life today to make you a smarter person.
1. Question, don’t assume.
Questioning everything doesn't make you a skeptic, it makes you smart. Rather than subscribing to conventional wisdom, keep your eyes and mind open for other possibilities.
In today's world of scrolling through feed after feed, it seems like there is a flood of false or inaccurate information.
Don’t believe everything you see and read, question it.
Chances are, you will learn something new. Questioning and curiosity are the two strongest powers of intelligent people. It keeps their minds sharp and full of accurate and useful information.
2. Read more.
Reading seems to be a dying art form for newer generations. Books have been replaced by time-sucking social media that makes it feel like reading is the last priority.
Reading a book now and then can bring you a wealth of knowledge that you simply won't find on your favorite gossip sites. Make reading a serious habit, even if it’s just a few pages a day. Your intellect will be enriched with every chapter you breeze through.
3. Discover what motivates you, then do it.
If you find something that interests you, you're more likely to devote more time to it each and every day.
Take time to dive into different topics to find one that sparks some form of interest.
This can come from anywhere.
If you see that the past five shows you have streamed revolve around crime, it might be time to dig deeper. Pick up a book on the subject or explore a certain aspect of the subject that you find intriguing.
Whether you're into foreign policy, crime investigations, or sustainable farming, feed your mind with things it will enjoy—no matter what that might be.
4. Surround yourself with intelligent people.
Smart people are interesting and, generally, have fascinating things to talk about.
By surrounding yourself with intelligent individuals, you will not only expand your knowledge but also have a community of people to keep up with.
You will become a more well-rounded individual by soaking up their interests and knowledge, and it will also challenge you to bring exciting things to the table.
5. Make time to journal and reflect.
Reflecting on your day is something that many take for granted. In today's fast-paced world, we are always moving around trying to get from place to place. In our downtime, we are glued to our phones, trying to soak in all of the highlights from our friends and family on social media.
Why not spend that time soaking up the highlights from your day?
Making time to pause and reflect is an important part of the learning process. Reflecting in a journal can make this process even more beneficial. Taking just a few minutes to jot down your thoughts on a piece of paper has shown to boost your brain power.
Smart people tend to learn from their experiences, so they don't make the same mistakes twice. By reflecting on the highlights of your day, you can start to see patterns in your life that may be contributing to unhealthy habits.
If you are going through a challenging situation that is taking over every thought in your head, it's impossible to stay focused on the task at hand. Journaling also allows you to get stressful or negative thoughts out of your head. In most cases, by the time you're done writing down your troubles, your mind has figured out a way to solve them. A $5 notebook can help completely change your life...and it’s cheaper than therapy.
6. Be mindful of the information you consume.
What is the greatest enemy of intelligence? Ignorance.
In today's modern world, ignorance is a choice. We have access to thousands of resources at our fingertips. Choosing to spend your time consuming information with little to no value might feel good, but it will not bring any significance or benefits to your life.
Everything you take in can shape the way you act and feel. If you are taking in information that is negative or makes you feel negative about certain aspects of your own life, it can cause you to feel sad or negative.
Choosing to consume information that makes you feel good can start to shape your mindset and beliefs, which can guide your feelings and actions throughout the day.
7. Fill your body with better fuel.
A smarter mind starts with a healthy body. Learning the best fuel for your body can transform it into a well-oiled machine.
At Soylent, we are obsessed with exactly that—creating better fuel for all bodies.
We've engineered every one of our meal replacement drinks to include ingredients that will give the body what it needs to work hard, feel good, and stay full. By incorporating just one of our meal replacement drinks into your daily diet, you are choosing a better, more productive day. No more three o'clock yawns from your carb-loaded lunches.