Your IQ stands for Intelligence Quotient, which is a scientific rating of intelligence, derived from standardized tests that calculate problem-solving abilities, spatial imagery, general knowledge and other factors. Since there are limits based on natural intelligence levels, studies have shown that there are some practical ways to improve your knowledge. Let’s see the ways to make it happen.
- Explore yourself
Start exposing yourself. Be active in your society, social media, community and the world around you. The more you involve with different people, others opinions and ideas, the more you learn. It’s not necessary that you’ll agree with everyone’s opinion. But, by challenging your prepossessed notions, you will strengthen your ideas, beliefs, grow, and adapt new ideas based on new information.
- Be a good Observant
Being smart is being aware of things which are at higher level, and understanding the correlations among what might seem to be disparate or random events.
For example, when you see two cars heading in opposite direction, collide their head on. To think simple, one can say “oops, an accident happened”, and leave it. But if the observation is expanded, meta-factors can be discovered that develop the conditions that led to the crash. The ice spread on the road might have caused one car to lose hold; or perhaps there was a dog in a car who got excited by the sight of a dog on another side of the road, jumped onto driver’s lap, and the driver lost control and hit the other car.
Expansive observations can lead you to more innovative and creative areas as well.
- Listen to Music
Listen to any music that you like. According to studies, listening to music that makes you feel good, improves your I.Q. by a few points. You can listen to music even while working if it does not affect your concentration.
- Read voraciously
Reading upgrades the mind’s ability to comprehend and boost you to think critically. Reading a book that you have not read before broadens your boundaries and thus increases your IQ.
- Have Fun with Brain Power
Try to become a master of any game. Like, try to be a Sudoku master, and when you reach your goal, move on. Go for chess expert. Once you are good at any particular skill, your brain stops finding the task difficult and help you gain confidence. Feel free to continue but keep finding new brain games to explore.
- Never Stop Learning
Maintain a track of your progress. Take some weekly IQ tests and have a record of your results. Attempt online IQ tests and rate yourself, and keep trying to improve as you go for next test. Have a proper flow and keep testing yourself at regular interval of time.
- Exercise your Body and Brain
Maintain fitness, since it’s scientifically proven that using your body and the mind improves your way of thinking.
- Try out Different things
Challenge your brain to form new networks and ways by doing the same old things differently. Consider brushing your teeth with opposite or non-dominant hand, talk to yourself in a different language. Whatever you can which makes you feel challenging, do it!
All these activities form new ideas in your brain. When we do unusual stuff, we challenge our mind and make it more flexible than before.
- Spend some time in Meditation
Research has shown that meditating is not only useful for reducing stress and mood, but it’s also good for brain functioning as well. It improves blood flow to the brain, memory, and concentration. And, it’s relaxing too. Try for at least 30 min a day, and it’s preferable when you wake up, after exercise and night before you go to bed.
- Sleep when you are sleepy
Sleep when your brain wants it. If you do your work best at night, then sleep late. If you are not lazy, you are wise! Aim to get good 7 hours sleep at night. When you are tired, the brain can’t function at its 100%. It cuts down what it thinks and only does what it has to keep you breathing and alive.