25 Daily Habits That Will Make You Smarter

Dana Covit

We're all in the business of bettering ourselves. All the more agreeable if the efforts to do so are simple enough. The question posed over on Quora was: What are some easy things that anyone can do to keep improving their intelligence? The answers—which include the more obvious answers like reading, writing things down, not watching too much television, but also a batch of smart, intuitive practices we should all undertake—were illuminating and totally accessible. Read on for the intelligence-boosting takeaways we're making a habit out of, stat:

Come up with 10 ideas every day.

This can be anything—how to solve a problem at work, ideas for a documentary or a new app. Exercising those ideation muscles is good work.

Play Devil's Advocate.

Consider something you recently heard or learned about, and form a unique opinion towards it. Then, come up with support and evidence for the position as if you were defending it to friends. This practice will have you improving your outside-the-box thinking.

Share what you learn with other people.

Sharing, explaining, and/or debating ideas helps you understand and process them more deeply and fully. Plus, you'll be soaking up new ideas from the people you're engaged in this exchange of information with.

Follow your questions.

If your interest or curiosity is piqued, don't just let the moment pass. Pursue it until you know everything you want to know.

Hang out with people smarter than you.

And, most importantly, be a sponge. Ask questions. Be humble. Be interested. Surrounding yourself with people who challenge and inspire you regularly.

Do something scary.

Doing something extraordinary, new, and even a little frightening lights up new areas of your brain. Challenge yourself daily.

Set aside time to do nothing at all.

Quiet, stillness, even boredom can be good for creative thinking. Sometimes, your mind craves that stillness to drift and discover a new idea.

What practices would you add to this list? Tell us in the comments, then visit Business Insider to see more of the list!

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