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You’re a couch potato

You’re a couch potato
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Apparently, laziness may be a sign of intelligence! In a study from 2016, researchers divided 60 students into two groups as thinkers and non-thinkers. The researchers measured who was a thinker and a non-thinker by using a survey that asked the students questions about whether they thought thinking was fun or if they enjoyed tasks that required minimal thinking power. The authors then monitored the students’ physical activity for one week. They found that the non-thinkers were much more physically active than the thinkers. The authors believe this may be because the thinkers are perfectly content with entertaining themselves mentally while the non-thinkers tend to get bored more easily and associate mental stimulation as a negative experience.

You meditate daily

You meditate daily
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Starting or ending your day with 12 to15 minutes of ‘om’ time may be just the boost your brain needs, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. In fact, many studies show that meditation can help improve your fluid intelligence – your ability to be more creative, innovative, and visionary. One researcher found that people who used brainwave training (a specific form of meditation) gained an average of 23 per cent in their IQ. Plus, the improved IQ even lasted a year later in a follow-up study. They even showed gains in creativity and concentration. Another study also showed that 20 minutes of meditation a day helped improve memory, cognition, and reduced stress levels.

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