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These Six Brainy Habits Can Help You Be Wiser

Wisdom is different from intelligence. Researchers say that it’s a combination of intellectual knowledge, factual knowledge, superior judgment, excellent problem solving skills, humility, the ability to learn from experience, emotional resilience, openness and empathy.

Want to raise your wisdom quotient? A recent study has found wise people share these six habits.

  1. They stay connected
    People who make an effort to be social show higher levels of wisdom than people who are more isolated. Try joining a club, taking a class, re-connecting with old friends on social media or inviting a coworker or neighbor out for coffee.

  2. They’re more open minded
    Instead of letting personal feelings and emotions get in the way, wise people are more empathetic and try to see an issue from all sides. Every day, consider writing down the things that bother you, and take a moment to see them from a different point of view.

  3. They admit when they’re wrong
    Wise people recognize that life frequently takes unexpected turns. Admitting your errors and being able to say, “I was wrong,” can help you earn a reputation as someone whose advice can be trusted.

  4. They read a wide range of books
    People who are considered wise read a range of books, from fiction to nonfiction, which contributes to an expanded world view. This helps them explore new ideas and points of view. Try switching up your reading material to expose yourself to new topics and different aspects of current affairs.

  5. They work to know themselves
    Wise people take the time to review things that have happened to them to see what they can learn from their experiences. Write down your three biggest successes and failures and identify the lessons you’ve learned from each.

  6. They stay up on current events
    Staying informed about the news and current events helps wise people make better choices and understand what other people may be experiencing. If you don’t have time to read the news in depth, try reading one or two main articles on the front page of a major newspaper or other news source every day.

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Published on: August 11, 2016