I don't know about you, but I'm all about anything that can increase my brain power, or just hold on to what I already have! So, whenever I come across an article that purports to do that, I read it voraciously and try to apply the wisdom to my life.

These findings are culled from a large number of studies from wide-ranging organizations like Oxford University in England and University of Rochester Medical Center in Minnesota. I know! Very prestigious indeed!

And yet, some of the suggestions strike me as simple common sense. However, it is not lost on me, that common sense is a commodity we are astonishingly short of these days.

With all this in mind, here is a list of a few things which may increase your intelligence:

  • Focus on one thing at a time - Constant multi-tasking causes brain fatigue.
  • Listen to classical music - I hear eyes rolling all over the Sioux Empire, but there are numerous studies which support this theory.
  • Use brighter lights at work and at home - Recent studies indicate lowered capacity for learning and memory in dim light.
  • Exercise - Increases oxygen flow to your brain cells, even if you feel like you're dying!
  • Get out into nature and get some sunshine - Vitamin D has been linked to better cognition, heightened attention and ability to process information quickly.
  • Read or listen to books
  • Take a class, learn a new language or learn to play an instrument
  • Play games and do puzzles
  • Teach others

This is just a short list of fairly accomplishable activities, so I'm going to turn on another lamp and get at it.

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