Steps to Improved IQ: Final Installment

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You have been seeking improved  IQ. In doing so you may have read my previous articles on the topic. This will be the last in that three part series. If you haven’t read those, I encourage you to do so, you will get a lot from them.

When it comes to improving anything, there is one commonality: consistency. If you cannot or will not be consistent, you will not improve. I mentioned this in an earlier post. I mention it again now because it is that important. Earl Hunt, PhD, in his article Exploring Intelligence in Psychology Today ( says the very same thing. He points out that if you want to improve over the long term, you must work toward that improvement over the long term.

If you take IQ tests, again and again, you will possibly increase your score. they key is in retention. As you take it over and over, you retain the information. One important factor is the time between tests. The longer the wait to retest, the less information retained.

Sleep as much as you can. Plenty of us believes we are fine on just a few hours of sleep nightly. Unfortunately, we are wrong. As it turns out, lack of sleep can affect several aspects of our cognitive ability. It can affect your ability to solve problems, your vision, your hearing, your concentration and more.

Kind of like the idea of always learning is being open to new things. One way to increase your IQ to allow yourself to experience new things or new activities. If you have never been to the opera, try going. Learn to appreciate the ballet or theater. Any new activities create new synaptic connections in the brain. New connections lead to better learning and higher IQ (that is the short version).

Another road to improved IQ is turning off the television. Generally speaking, the television is a brain drain. It adds nothing to your intelligence unless you are watching a learning program. You get nothing from watching television except tired eyes. You do not open those receptacles in your neurons that allow learning or growth. Turn it off, go for a walk instead, listen to some music or read a book.

By learning to meditate you increase your white and gray brain matter. It also allows both sides of the brain to work together. Currently, most of us use primarily one side of our brains depending on out activity. Imagine all we could do if we used the entire brain.

This concludes this mini-series on improved IQ. I do hope you are able to find ways to implement some of the steps I have covered. There are many other steps you can take to improve your IQ, simply do the research. Your brain will thank you.


Have another way to increase your IQ that we missed? Please post it in the comments area!

Stephen Flynn

I retired from the army in 2011 with no real idea of what I wanted to do with my life. Since that time I have taken the necessary steps to support my family but I have learned I have one real passion, writing. I have one book on Kindle today with more coming in time. By The Age of Fifty.

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