5 more ways to increase your intelligenceDocument Transcript
5 More Ways to Increase YourIntelligence1. Cultivate friendships with people who think differently. I enjoy talking to people whoreally challenge my conception of the world. Artists (I’m not one), medical staff (I’m notone), construction workers (I’m not one) and so on.2. Get outside your own culture through travel, social gatherings, … Travel is great (butthe hit on the environment is large, so…. do a few long trips rather than many short onesperhaps?) especially if you immerse locally. Going to Cuba and staying in a western hotelis not travel. Going backpacking in Nepal is. Doing voluntravel (going somewhere tohelp, e.g. Medicins Sans Frontiers) is ideal. But in any event the challenge to your senseof normalcy is fabulous. I spent a month in western China with my kids. Watching themtake in the local environment and adapt was a real eye opener to how stuck-in-my-own-ways I’d become.3. Learn that it is okay to turn off your cell phone and email. Reflective thought and deepreading take time. Oh excuse me, just got an email, be right back. Nope, that doesn’twork. Its okay to be unreachable for hours a day. I aim to answer email for an hour at theend of the day, at most. For many hours I’m unreachable except by family. Since I startedthat my time for thinking and reading has risen dramatically.4. Do less better. There’s always another project that we rush to, never finishing the onewe were doing. Sorry, great works of science and art take great dedication, polish, andrepolish! Sure, we’re not all Darwin or Monet, but we should ASPIRE to be. Just say noto some projects. Focus on a few (make your family a project… for extra points!).5. In all things seek balance. I agree that exercise is good. So is reading. So is relaxation –and if a bit of TV is what works, great. I for one watch old romantic comedy movieswhen I’m brain dead (well, okay, when I’m especially brain dead). I also enjoy blendingmy activities – go for a long walk that ends up at a coffee shop where I read a paper orbook and stare out the window.These 5 things are a great compliment to the original article, but there are still many morethe haven’t been mentioned. I’d love to hear what works best for you.