So, what’s intelligence about?  What determines it, how do you maintain it, and how do you improve on it, and even increase your intelligence?  This article will provide answers to those questions.

Wikipedia defines intelligence, “as the ability and capacity for logic, understanding, self-awareness, learning, emotional knowledge, reasoning, planning, creativity, and problem solving.” Read more on intelligence from Wikipedia here.

intellectual well being

The intellectual dimension plays a key role, as all the other dimension play key roles, and each dimension has to interact with the others, functioning efficiently, and be dependent on, and in balance with each other, in order for you to enjoy a life of health and well being.  Can you increase your intelligence, along with improving and balancing your intellectual well being?   Absolutely, the answer is unequivacally yes!

In maintaining and increasing intellectual well being, you have to continually engage in stimulating mental activities, to expand your knowledge and skills, and also having the desire and ability to share this new knowledge and skills with others. A balanced intellectual well being person, is always asking questions, cherishes mental growth and stimulation, is involved in intellectual and cultural activities, and is engaged in the exploration of new ideas and understanding.

Traveling a well being path allows you to explore the possibilities to problem solving, being creative, advance learning to gain additional knowledge, as well, as pursuing personal interests, and, keeping abreast of current issues and new breakthroughs. During your pursuit, you will develop a higher curiosity level too, as you challenge and engage your mind with creative endeavors, and about the world in general around you.

Now that you know what’s intelligence about, you can now better understand by keeping your mind flexible, informed, actively engaged, actually improves the physical structure of the brain, increasing your intelligence.  Lindsay Bernhagen, PhD, who created the intellectual wellness learning module, defines it this way: “The intellectually well person values lifelong learning and seeks to foster critical thinking, develop moral reasoning, expand world views, and engage in education for the pursuit of knowledge”.

Just as a flexible body indicates physical health, a flexible mind connotes into healthy mind. When you exercise your mind by learning a new skill, or concept, attempt to understand a different viewpoint, or exercise your mind with unknowns and challenges, such as puzzles or games, you are strengthening or aiding in balancing your intellectual well being.

To determine whether your brain and intellectual well being is in an ideal state of open mindedness, you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I open to new ideas and concepts?
  • Do I seek personal growth by learning new ideas and new skills?
  • Am I continually searching for lifelong learning and mind-stimulating activities?
  • Do I use creativity to achieve new learning and skills?
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increasing intelligence

Your intellectual well being can be developed further through academics, cultural involvement, community activities, and personal development. As your intellectual well being strengthens, your intelligence strengthens, you are able to summon personal resources that work together with the other dimensions of health and well being, for a lifetime. Once you achieve this balance, you become more mindful, and you also become a more well-rounded person. Being intellectually balanced means you are open-minded, keeping a positive attitude, you are aware and listen, comprehend what is being said to you, which raises your level of curiosity and adventure, motivating you to travel more,  in order to learn and experience new cultures and customs, expanding your mind even more.

Studies have shown by stimulating your brain and your body, supports the growth of new neurons, however, while undue stress and depression, can hinder the growth of new neurons. Challenging your brain also helps existing neurons to form new connections. Combining intellectual growth and relaxing mindfulness, you will boost brain health and prevent premature decline, as you age.

Reading ten minutes at the start of each day involving positive thinking, will be the best thing you can do to advance brain health, elevate your mood to positive, and protect you from negativity and uncertainty. Spending another ten minutes during the day, either reading the news, to stay informed with the world, or ask a friend to suggest a book you wouldn’t ordinarily choose to read, or, read about a certain political issue, and challenge your friend to a debate, who you know will take the opposing view than you, will also go a long way of keeping your mind open, receptive, and active.

You should practice mindfulness, which focuses your awareness on the present moment. You can do this by focusing

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do nothing but breath slowly

on your slow, deliberate breathing, concentrating on the air moving in and out in your lungs, as your chest rises and falls. Think about the thoughts which also arise during your slow breathing, then let those thoughts go, without thinking too much about them, or experiencing the anxiety of unknowns about the future, or the unpleasantness of the past.

You doing this exercise for a few minutes each day, will allow your brain and other faculties to relax, distress and recharge. A very good book to read about mindfulness is, “The Present”, by Spencer Johnson, MD. Of course, meditation and yoga, are excellent too, for bringing the state of mindfulness to you. Relax and recharge your brain daily with some quiet time, going into neutral, even if it’s only sitting in your car seat in your driveway, stopping to just breathe slowly five deep breaths.

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Changing your routine, is another great way of strengthening your intellectual well being. In changing your routine, your brain has to adjust and work a little harder initially, to recieve and interpret the new, processing new information, receiving new stimuli, and finding creative solutions. Break your routine intentionally, take a different route home, or eat at a different restaurant, or rearrange your furniture differently, would be some examples of routine changes. Not only will you find new things to enjoy, by stepping out of your comfort zone, you also improve your brain’s neuroplasticity, and increase your intelligence. Engaging in life-long learning challenges your mind, spurring your curiousity, setting the stage for a vibrant, centered, and mentally active life.

Evidence shows when you experience a novel or completely different activity than usual, it grabs your intention, and, it is much more likely you will remember what happened right before and right after the new event. Science has not been able to determine why this is so, but mice studies suggest your brain releases dopamine, when experiencing new or novel situations, which exercises your brain, strengthens it, and boost memory, and brings you joy at the same time.

Seven Simple Ways to Achieve and Maintain Intellectual Well Being and Increase Intelligence
  1. Always pursue new learning and new experiences. Try learning a new language, or, take up a new hobby or craft.
  2. Play challenging games like Chess, or Scrabble, or Crossword Puzzles, or take on a new sport.
  3. Explore and travel to new countries and cultures.
  4. Get restful, relaxing sleep. Your physical body and brain need rest and rejuvenation. Studies have proven that the human brain functions optimally with a minimum of seven hours of sleep. A fifteen minute “catnap” isn’t bad either.
  5. Multi-tasking is the thing these days, and people boost about how good their multi-tasking is, but actually, you should refrain from multi-tasking, because it is the enemy of full commitment, engagement, and concentration. Focus intensely on one task at a time, and you’ll be amazed at how much more productive, thorough, and efficient you are.
  6. Eat “fresh”, and I mean fresh as possible, certified organic non-GMO, nutritious, well-balanced, grass-fed or free-range meats, cold-water fish, fruits, veggies, and whole-grain foods.  The closer to the farm the better, or buy it from a specialty market that sells these types of food, such as grass-fed lean beef, free-range poultry, and cold-water fish.  You are what you eat, and not only
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    healing food maca

    does your physical body need good nutrition, but so does your brain to function properly. For more information on these great healthy nutritious foods and where to purchase them, read this review, “You Can Be Healthy“.

  7. Supplement your diet with a natural, organic non-GMO, Super Food Adaptogen, healing food plant, called Maca, for added assurance, which will furnish your body and mind with great nutrition.  This amazing Super Food has the ability to assist you physically and mentally in so many ways.  This healing plant root provides you the energy necessary to pursue all of the brain-stimulating activities we discussed here, enhances memory, mood, and recall, relieves stress naturally, and reduces the symptoms of anxiety, depression, assisting you in maintaining a positive attitude and a clear mind. 

    For more information on this remarkable plant and to purchase it, read this review HOW TO RELIEVE STRESS FROM: HORMONAL IMBALANCE. In this WHAT IS IN MACA ROOT?, review, you will also have access to specialty markets, that sell fresh, organic, non-GMO foods (all types).

Take Action

Now that you are thinking about, not only your own intellectual well being, but also your overall health and well being, and you have also answered the question, what’s intelligence about?  Take some time to start a journal about your overall health and well being. Awareness is the first step toward action. Write down how you’re feeling physically, and mentally, recognize the stressors in your life, what you’d like to accomplish, and how you’d like to feel in one week, six months, and a year from now. Setting goals for you achieving your own balanced well being can make a significant difference in your life and your love ones’ lives.

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actions change things

What would you do in the next two to five years if you knew you couldn’t fail?  Put your answer on paper and place it where you can see it every day. Evidence supports that if you write down your dreams and goals, you are more likely to achieve them. And, keep in mind, it takes thirty days to make or break a habit. Set one well being goal for the next thirty days, and make it one that is not too difficult to achieve, but will challenge you and make you stretch some.

The steps you take today to safeguard and improve your overall health and well being, can lead to a journey to optimal health and well being, increasing your intelligence, your self-discovery, and satisfaction, and you’ll help others around you. Be well!!

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