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Easy Ways To Get Smarter, More Creative In Your Free Time That Aren’t Draining
By Mikelle Leow, 16 Jun 2017
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There’s always room for getting smarter, even if you possess the habits of a person with above-average intelligence. Thankfully, you don’t have to go back to school to increase your IQ.
Author Charlotte Hilton Andersen of The Great Fitness Experiment has written an entertaining piece on Reader’s Digest featuring some “sneaky” ways to get smarter without wasting time—simply because you can try them out when you’re not doing anything.
Read on and find out how you can get more intelligent without making the effort, and check out the full article on Reader’s Digest for eight more tips.
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You can learn a new word each time your internet is down, or when you’re waiting for a text to come in.
With the help of artificial intelligence, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has launched the ‘WaitSuite’ app, which senses when you’re having a “micro-moment”—such as when you’re “waiting for WiFi to connect, emails to push through, instant messages to be received, an elevator to come, or content on your phone to load.”
The app then flashes a new word on your screen, so you can pick up a new language without even trying.
Listen to ‘Mixtapes’ for creatives
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Podcasts are starting to replace pop culture, and for good reason. The shows last between 10 minutes and an hour, allowing you to stay entertained and educated in fun-sized pieces.
Check out ‘Startup Mixtape’—a collection of handpicked podcasts for an instant mood boost.
Sharpen your sense of humor
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According to a study published in Organizational Behavior, the highest form of intelligence is sarcasm. If this is something you’re good at, congratulations—it’s been proven that people who exchange witty banter tend to be more creative.
Want to increase your creativity? Learn to laugh at yourself. Sarcasm, according to Reader’s Digest, “increases abstract thinking… The key, of course, is to keep things fun and stay away from mean-spirited humor.”
Listen more than you speak
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Many people are guilty of not listening to others—they’re usually too caught up thinking of what to say next. However, there are a lot of learning opportunities if you actually choose to listen when people talk.
“Everyone is an expert of something (even if it’s just themselves) and if you go into a conversation with the intent of learning something new then you’ll find yourself enlightened, often in unexpected ways.”
Find out eight more excellent ways to get smarter in your spare time over at Reader’s Digest.
[via Reader’s Digest, video via MITCSAIL, images via various sources]
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