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6 Ways to Train Your Brain to Literally Get Smarter

https://www.inc.com/andrew-medal/6-ways-to-train-your-brain-to-literally-get-smarter.html

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6 Ways to Train Your Brain to Literally Get Smarter
We have easy access to all kinds of information. The only way to stay ahead and be successful in life is to continue to get smarter and keep learning. To some, this comes naturally and the ability to grasp complex concepts does not take much effort.

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Enjoy intelligent company

Enjoy intelligent company

Being in the company of intelligent people will indirectly make you want to continue developing your own intelligence.

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Read

Read

Well-read people aren't just articulate--they also have a vast pool of knowledge and an always-evolving mind.

Reading improves your vocabulary, expands your communication skills and develops your analytical abilities. 

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Rest

Rest

A lack of sleep, relaxation, and excessive stress can diminish your brain's capacity. The brain requires plenty of energy to function, so if you're exhausted all the time, your mind simply won't have the ability to learn and improve.

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Eat brain food

Eat brain food

Food is fuel for the body, but it does matter what kind of fuel you are using.

High nutrition foods work well to power up your brain. Walnuts are a great source of brain food, so is fish; tuna, mackerel, salmon contain rich, fatty acids that have been proven to help neurons function. 

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Play brain games

Play brain games

Your brain needs to face challenges, to push its limits to make progress. 

Try brain games like memory games, Sudoku, word puzzles, and problem-solving games. I love escape rooms that make you think on the fly, and under a timeline. They will increase your pattern recognition, logic, and ability to process thought quickly.

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A journaling habit

A journaling habit

Taking notes or only writing down things or ideas is creating an extension of your mind. 

Your thoughts will be recorded, and the routine of writing them down will enable you to think more thoroughly and improve your way of thinking.

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Empathy

Empathy

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Empathy in the business world

There are many studies that link empathy to business results. Empathy is correlated with increased sales, performance of the best managers of product development teams, and with enhanced performance in a diverse workforce.

It is predicted that those with a strong right-brain (interpersonal) qualities will have the upperhand in the Conceptual Age.

Reasons why empathy is important

Dr. Daniel Goleman gives three reasons why empathy is so important:

  • The increased use of teams (that could spark different emotions.)
  • The rapid pace of globalization (with cross-cultural communication that could lead to misunderstanding)
  • The growing need to retain talent.

Leaders with empathy do more than sympathize with people - they use their knowledge to improve their companies in skillful and subtle ways.

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  • Self-control appears to be a better predictor of academic achievement, a determining factor of effective leadership, and essential for marital satisfaction.
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The neuroanatomy of willpower

  • The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is the part of our brains situated right behind our forehead. It is responsible for abstract thinking, analyzing thoughts, and regulating behavior.
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  • The "I will power" is controlled by the region near the upper left side of the brain and helps you start and continue with not so fun tasks.
  • The right side handles the "I won't power," preventing you from acting out on every impulse.
  • The "I want power" sits in the middle of the PFC and keeps track of your goals and desires.