9 Things Most Intelligent People Do
People often say that intelligence is something lucky individuals are born with but that’s not always the case. Intelligence can be both inherited and acquired. According to experts, the environment around you can drastically affect your brain’s skills and the way you think. Whatever the case may be, it’s been observed that all intelligent people show similar behavior and have a lot of things in common.
We at Bright Side have done some digging and discovered some of the things all intelligent people do.
1. They mind their own business.
Judging others and gossiping are things intelligent people stay away from. They don’t indulge in “petty talks” and are never bothered by what’s happening in other people’s lives. In fact, according to a recent study, intelligent people are happiest when they’re left alone so they can do their own thing without getting distracted. They’re not loners, their brains just need some space to breathe and function.
2. They make a lot of jokes and have a great sense of humor.
This one is a no-brainer. A person who is capable of turning every little thing into a joke and making everyone around them laugh is nothing short of a genius. It requires amazing creative skills to find humor in everyday life and the idea of creativity being liked to intelligence goes way back, according to scientists.
And in case you need any more convincing, let us share some examples with you. Conan O’Brien, the famous American comedian, has an IQ of 160 while normal people usually score between 85-115. Phoebe Buffay from the sitcom Friends, played by Lisa Kudrow, scored 154 on her IQ test. You do the math.
3. They talk to themselves.
Did you know that Albert Einstein, one of the greatest geniuses the world has ever seen, used to talk to himself? Researchers have found that people who often talk to themselves, be it in their head or out loud, are more intelligent than the ones who don’t.
Talking to yourself sharpens your brain, boosts your memory and helps you organize your thoughts. It’s not being “bonkers” — it’s called being a genius!
4. They listen to music very often.
Everybody listens to music but the ones who are always spotted with earphones are true geniuses. In a recent study, it was found that not only do people who know how to play a musical instrument possess a higher level of intelligence, but the ones who treat their ears to music often are extremely smart too.
The study also adds that intelligent people prefer to listen to music with no vocals over songs with meaningless lyrics, so if you’re one of those people who likes beats and rhythms over words, you might be more intelligent than you think you are.
5. They work smart, not hard.
Contrary to popular belief, intelligent people don’t study or work all the time. Instead, they’re actually lazy and due to the same reason, they try to find the easiest way to carry out tasks assigned to them flawlessly without having to work hard.
According to science, people who are less physically active tend to be more intelligent than the ones who hustle all the time. Intelligent people have their brain running all the time and as a result, require less cognition compared to others.
6. They’re always looking for answers.
Intelligent minds are curious. It bothers them if even a single leaf is left unturned. They’re always looking for answers and exploring mysteries. According to a study, having a curiosity to learn more is a clear sign of superior intelligence. Intelligent people also read a lot and often keep a diary to take notes.
7. They admit their mistakes.
According to Jeff Bezos, the founder of the successful shopping hub Amazon, the biggest sign of intelligence is the ability to accept mistakes and learn from them. Nobody’s perfect but the ones who come forward to admit their wrongdoings are the most intelligent ones.
By default, humans are inclined to believe that they’re right and that the other person is wrong. But it takes a highly functional brain to understand the other person’s point of view as well and find fault in oneself.
8. They eat chocolate.
Chocolate lovers, this is your time to shine! According to a study, eating chocolate regularly improves the functioning of the brain and as a result, makes you sharper and smarter. It’s been found that people who eat chocolate often have a better memory and are great when it comes to cognition and reasoning.
9. They don’t talk too much.
Intelligent people don’t participate in useless jibber-jabber. They like keeping to themselves since they’re always surrounded by their thoughts. It’s been observed that people who are smarter tend to talk less to others and there’s a reason why. According to experts, intelligent people are more aloof because:
- They’re too logical to keep a conversation going when it doesn’t benefit them in any way.
- They don’t really care. They’d rather do something productive than entertain gossip.
How many of the above signs were you able to relate to? How do you separate intelligent people from the not-so-smart people? Let us know in the comments.
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