Entrepreneur Jason Demers argues that with motivation and determination, anyone can become smarter. To do this, he suggests introducing 20 good habits into everyday life.
1. Learn new things
Set aside 10-20 minutes a day to devote to studying a topic that interests you. It could be the history of China, the theory of relativity, or the rules of etiquette. In fact, it can be anything.
It may be difficult at first. But then you will wait for those minutes of silence alone with new discoveries.
2. Visit new places
You don’t have to travel. You can go to a new coffee shop or take a new route to work. Most people enjoy familiar places. We are more comfortable and calmer in a familiar restaurant or store, because we do not need to study the menu for a long time or look for fitting rooms.
However, it is more useful just to get into unusual situations. The need to adapt to new conditions forces the brain to solve unexpected problems.
3. Continue your education
Everyone is happy to receive the coveted diploma. After all, the majority go to college only for the sake of him, because “it is necessary” and “better for the future.” Adult education provides much more. You are no longer learning for the sake of a piece of paper, but for the sake of new knowledge.
Taking courses or getting a second degree is the best way to spend time, money and energy. In addition, this is an occasion to test yourself and try something new. You don’t have to study anything serious. For a start, amateur courses are fine.
4. Read the news
Make it a rule to devote at least 20 minutes a day (10 in the morning and 10 in the evening) to the news. It is important to read them, and not listen to them on the radio or watch them on TV. By analyzing the agenda, you put your brain to work.
5. Read books
This is the easiest way to train your brain. You expand your horizons and vocabulary, quietly tighten your grammar and learn how to build sentences correctly. Plus, reading is a way to develop your imagination as you travel through space and time.
6. Get creative with your work.
Whatever you do, any task can be completed in two ways: the usual and the alternative. You will have to invent the second one yourself. Take a fresh look at your workflow, try to think outside the box, solve problems creatively, and come up with fresh ideas.
Instead of worrying about each new project, relax and start looking for alternative ways to achieve your ultimate goal.
7. Challenge yourself
Albert Einstein once said: “You shouldn’t pursue goals that are easy to achieve. It is worth aiming at what you can do with difficulty, with a lot of effort. ” Therefore, constantly come up with difficult tasks for yourself – learn a foreign language, understand how to edit video in a new program, etc.
Do not limit yourself to phrases like “this is not for me”, “I will never master this”, etc. Often it is a low assessment of one’s own capabilities that blocks the path to success.
Imagine a weightlifter. He does not immediately take on the weight of 200 kg. Training starts with less mass, but gradually he comes to his goal. It only takes time and faith in yourself.
8. Practice in the game
Solve Sudoku, do crossword puzzles, master poker and bridge, arrange memory games with children. These simple and fun ways will keep your brain from becoming numb.
9. Use the “5 Whys” technique
For complex problems, use the classic “5 Whys” trick. Its main task is to find the root cause of the problem by repeating one question – “Why?”.
Each subsequent question is asked to answer the previous one. The number “5” is selected empirically and is considered sufficient to find a solution to typical problems.
10. Give up gadgets
Of course, high technologies make life much easier. Still, try to do without them in some situations. For example, find the address you need without a navigator or calculate how much you spent today without a calculator.
11. Be creative
Artistic thinking creates new opportunities for finding non-standard solutions. Therefore, use your creativity and develop talents. Take pictures, embroider, decorate your home and sing for yourself.
In 2014, a scientific paper was published proving that visual arts can improve connections between neurons in the human brain. According to scientists, drawing helps us to better focus on the subject and learn more quickly.
A coloring book is a simple and affordable way of art therapy. It allows you to express yourself creatively, relax and relieve stress.
14. Play a musical instrument
Excuses from the series “I can’t” or “a bear stepped on my ear” are not accepted. Anyone can master the triangle, children’s flute or electronic piano.
Playing music improves hand-eye coordination, memory, concentration and math skills. The latter are needed to count the measures and get into the time signature.
Keep a diary or blog, make up bedtime stories for your kids or grandchildren. Or just write for yourself. Literary creativity improves memory and analytical skills.
16. Play the part
Imagine yourself as a different person. Think over his daily routine, habits and rules. Try acting like this fictional character for a joke at a family dinner. Such reincarnation expands the boundaries of consciousness.
The brain perceives meditation as relaxation, which allows it to better deal with fear, anxiety, and depression. In addition, meditation improves concentration and attention.
18. Eat right
The list of scientifically proven brain benefits has long been known. These are walnuts, dark chocolate, green tea, seaweed, spinach, fatty fish and eggs. But fast food, sugary soda, alcohol and fatty foods are better off.
19. Lead an active lifestyle
Physical activity is as necessary for the brain as mental activity. In 2010, data from experiments on monkeys were described in the journal Neuroscience. Primates who did physical exercise learned new tasks and performed them twice as fast as their “lazy” relatives.
Everything is logical: physical activity improves the supply of oxygen to the brain, which contributes to its productive work.
20. Chat with interesting people
No two people have the same life experience. Each person perceives information individually, stores memories in his own way and analyzes events. This makes communication so important to brain health.
Whether the conversation is about religion, finance, politics, or fashion trends, it is helpful to be a good listener. Although we all tend to think that our opinion is the only correct one, it is sometimes good to know another point of view.