The Things You Can Do Every Day to Make Yourself Smarter

Busy senior woman consulting client on phone and reading contract on digital tablet at home, copy spaceCan you improve your memory and make yourself smarter? It’s very likely. Your IQ is not static, and incorporating a few routines into your day might be able to improve memory, cognitive function, and intelligence.

Brain games might be fun, but they are unlikely to do a lot to make you smarter or keep you ticking. Instead, try these things to help slow down brain aging.

1. Believe You Can Get Smarter:


It’s possible that believing you can get smarter is essential to building intelligence. One study showed that students who were told it was likely to get smarter significantly outperformed those told they could not.

Just how much did self-belief work? On tested material, the group believing they could get smarter retained 85% of what they learned. The ones told that smarts were static only recalled 54%.

It’s very likely that the brain takes cues from beliefs, so they work cooperatively.

2. Socialize:

It’s difficult to do these days, but talking to friends and family may help with memory. Talking on the phone or using virtual platforms like Facetime or Zoom can provide some very important communication.

One study that ran from 1998 to 2004 found that people who had higher levels of social interaction scored higher on memory retention tests taken at two-year intervals. Interestingly, what you’re talking about doesn’t matter—just that you’re engaging in a back and forth dialogue with others.

This cognitive benefit is unlikely to occur with social media use. Instead, look to real socialization involving two-way communication.

3. Exercise:

Daily exercise may also help boost memory and overall smarts. There is evidence to suggest that exercise increases brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which promotes the growth and formation of new neurons.

This could help with memory retention.

4. Drink coffee or tea:


Daily caffeine consumption may also boost focus and improve long-term memory. This may work by caffeine effect on stimulating and releasing dopamine and norepinephrine while blocking adenosine.

Just be sure to limit consumption in the afternoon and evening. That’s when you’ll want the opposite effects.

These four daily habits could help you get smarter, remember more, and keep your brain healthy into the future.

Author Bio

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. During his active practice he served as the head of the Dept. of Microbiology in a diagnostic centre in India. On a three-year communications program in Germany, Mohan developed a keen interest in German Medicine (Homoeopathy), and other alternative systems of medicine. He now advocates treating different medical conditions without the use of traditional drugs. An ardent squash player, Mohan believes in the importance of fitness and wellness.