How to Make Yourself Smarter

Marie Squerciati It’s a good thing to be wise. Having experience, knowledge, and good judgment all work together to make people more successful.

Why is it important to be wise?

Most people don’t think of themselves as particularly wise. We think that characters like Gandalf, Charlotte, Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter, and Yoda, from Star Wars, and wise people like Albert Einstein, Mother Teresa, and Mahatma Gandhi are wise. But we all have bits and pieces of knowledge. As we gain more knowledge, we gain the skills we need to deal with the challenges of today’s complicated world.

How do you get smarter?

Learning new things is a process that never ends. So, if you want to get smarter, use these tips to help you get started.

(1) Take advantage of new chances.

You can’t get smarter if you don’t open yourself up to new ideas. Try new things and get out of your comfort zone. Do things that will help you learn and grow. You could try going to places you’ve never been before, trying out new ways to improve your skills, and going to new social events. Switch it up and see what happens.

(2) Be open to different points of view.

Put your preferences aside and be open to new ideas and points of view. As you look at the world from different points of view, you should develop a sense of wonder. Don’t base your view on what everyone else thinks or what makes you feel good. Let your mind soak up new ideas without making any decisions about them. Be humble as you learn and experience new things.

3. Talk to new people.

Get out of the house and talk to people from different places and cultures. Make an effort to listen to them and learn from them without imposing your stereotypes and ideas on them. Encourage conversations in which you both tell people about yourself and find out more about them. As a benefit, work on making new friends.

(4) Get a thirst for knowledge.

Pay attention to learning something new every day. Take classes, read books, listen to educational podcasts, watch documentaries, and look for thought-provoking ideas on the internet. Because there is a lot of false information out there, you should improve your critical thinking skills by looking at a problem or situation from different angles.

5) Learn from what other people know.

Find wise people who can teach you. They could be a teacher, religious leader, family member, close friend, or coworkers. Find out what makes this person wise and set aside time to have a good conversation with them. Soak up their knowledge and wisdom, and use it in your own life.

(6) Own up to your mistakes and learn from them.

One of the best ways to get smarter is to learn from the mistakes you make. When you make a mistake, take responsibility for it, stop blaming other people, and use it as a chance to learn. If you take the time to learn and grow from it, your last mistake can be your best teacher.

(7) Tell others what you’ve learned.

As you gain experience, knowledge, and good judgment, believe in your wisdom and be willing to share it with others. In the world we live in now, very few people will reach the highest level of wisdom, but everyone can and should add to the wisdom of the crowd in all parts of life. So, try to make the world a better place by getting smarter.

Practice self-care

Taking care of yourself is an important part of dealing with anxiety and stress. It helps people deal with the physical and emotional effects of anxiety and keep a positive attitude about life. Here are some ways to take care of yourself when you have anxiety:

Regular physical activity—Exercise releases chemicals called endorphins, which make you feel good. It also helps to lower stress and make people feel more relaxed.

Relaxation techniques—Practicing relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, deep breathing, or guided imagery can help calm the mind and lower anxiety levels. Because these techniques can be done anywhere and at any time, they are a convenient way to take care of yourself.

Healthy diet—

Eating balanced meals with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains regularly is good for your physical health, but it can also help your mental health.

Sleep: Getting enough sleep is important for your health as a whole. Try to sleep at the same time every night and create a relaxing bedtime routine. Don’t drink coffee or watch TV right before bed.

Connect with other people. Having strong relationships with people you trust and care about can help you feel better when things are hard. Spending time with friends and family can also help people feel less lonely and alone.

Take up a hobby. Doing things you enjoy and that make you feel good can help you feel less anxious and happier. Painting, reading, and gardening are all good hobbies that can help you relax and take your mind off of things.

Change the way you think.

Negative thoughts can make anxiety worse and make it worse if you already have it. When bad thoughts come up, fight them with positive statements. Instead of thinking, “I’ll never be able to handle this,” try telling yourself, “I can handle this. I’ve been through hard times before, and I’ll get through this too.”

Also, try to think about negative things in a more positive way. For example, instead of saying to yourself, “I’ll never be able to do this,” try saying, “This may be hard, but I’ll learn and grow from this.”