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12 Easy Ways to Boost Your IQ

Updated on June 14, 2014

Raise Your IQ the Easy Way

Did you know that genetics account only for about 50% of a persons IQ? Whether you are an average Joe or a Mensa member, this lens will provide proven techniques that anyone can use to to increase their IQ and gain a competitive edge in school, business and life.

On this page you will learn many different ways to increase your IQ. Finally you will genuinely laugh at jokes with your friends, instead of just pretending you get why it's funny. Oh yes you will be the one laughing last when you turn your new found super intelligence against the fools!

Read on for the best FREE ways to increase your IQ every day but please try not to use it for evil.


Where to start?

With a good breakfast of course :)

If you think a balanced breakfast is a coffee and a cigarette then think again. I know you've heard it too many times by now, but breakfast just cannot be skipped if you really want to boost your IQ.

Studies have found that eating breakfast to increase your blood glucose (which acts as brain fuel) after not eating all night is a big benefit. Have you ever tried driving your car with no gas? How did that work out for you? Eating breakfast can improve your mental performance, as well as your memory, concentration, and even you mood for the day ahead.

Start with protein such as eggs and meat and save the complex carbs for later in the day.

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stay fit

Sound Mind and Body

Stay fit and keep you heart healthy.

Fight memory loss or just sharpen your mind by raising your heart rate and breaking a sweat every now and then.

Aerobic exercises, such as jogging, swimming, yoga, riding your bike or playing team sports improves your bodies ability to deliver oxygen through the bloodstream and keep your brain functioning optimally on and off the field.

A physically fit body will also help you handle stress and think better under pressure, both helpful to your IQ score.

How to raise your IQ by up to 14 points! - Watch this short video for 5 easy steps to a better IQ.


Write it Down

Keep and review a daily journal.

Write what down you say? Well everything. Remember back in school, when they made you write words over and over, so you would remember how to spell them? It's the same concept.

Get in the habit of keeping a journal and write down your thoughts, ideas and what happens in your day then periodically take time out to review old journal entries and catch up on ideas you recorded. Even a single review will dramatically increase your retention of the information your wrote down.

Catharine M. Cox studied 300 "geniuses" such as Albert Einstein, Issac Newton, and Thomas Jefferson, and found they all were "compulsive" journal keepers. Your brain won't remember everything, unless you're lucky enough to have a photographic memory so its good to help it out.

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mouth breather

Mouth Breather?

Breath in through the nose, out through the mouth.

Try taking deep breaths through your nose. This will increase oxygen in the blood, and the brain. You couldn't run for very long if you didn't have enough oxygen could you? Your brain is the same way and proper breathing is a good way to help concentration and increase IQ. There is a reason people use the term "mouth breather" as an insult.

Inhaling through your nose will also help keep your busy brain cool.


Take a Break

Recharge your mental batteries.

Taking breaks is crucial. Thinking hard about something too long will cause mental fatigue. Your concentration, as well as your mental performance will suffer. Taking short breaks from strenuous mental activities such as studying or business planning every half hour or so will produce better results then working continuously.

It's also been said that your mind remembers the beginning and end more clearly than the middle. Having more beginnings and ends throughout a task may benefit you in that way also.


Don't be Bored

Channel surfing is not a sport!

Well instead of just sitting around complaining that there's nothing to do, get yourself a sudoku, or a crossword puzzle. Maybe play chess on your computer. Rubik's cubes are always fun. They're also easy to solve once you get the hang of it. Then you can work on your logic trying to solve it faster and faster.

Perhaps something creative like doodling or painting is more up your alley. Instead of vegging out in front of the TV and losing valuable IQ points try to do something that will stimulate your brain instead.

Get Your Own Rubiks Cube - Its like barbells for the brain!

Rubik's Cube (Discontinued by manufacturer)
Rubik's Cube (Discontinued by manufacturer)

The date is 1974. The place is Budapest, Hungary. Erno Rubik, an admirer of geometry and 3-D forms creates the world's most perfect -- and addictive -- puzzle. More than three decades later the Rubik's cube is still one of the best selling brainteasers.


Life Long Learning

There is always something new to learn.

Why has schooling been recognized as such as valuable advantage world wide? As you learn new things, your brain creates neural pathways. The more neural pathways you create, the smarter you will become. Educating a child at an early age will become invaluable as they grow to adulthood as they learn to learn.

Remember that leaving school or college is only an early step along your life long learning journey. Try to learn something new every day, enroll in a course in your community or visit the library and undertake your own studies from interesting books. Find what you enjoy reading and expand your mind while being entertained.

Food with too much sugar
Food with too much sugar

How Much Sugar is In That?

Better think twice before licking that lollipop.

Too much sugar will give a short term jolt but in the long run will cause you to feel sluggish. This in turn slows all activity, physical and mental.

I'm sure you've all heard of a sugar crash. Too much sugar causes a rapid rise in blood glucose which normally leads to brisk insulin secretion. This in turn leads to rapid glucose uptake by tissues. This is where you will get your energy spike. Unfortunately for you, what goes up must come down. And the drastic fall in blood glucose is the reason for the sugar crash.

But wait there is some good news, researchers have found that eating high percentage cacao chocolate can stimulate your brain power! So find some strong (greater then 60% cacao) chocolate and eat a couple of squares a day in the name of science.

Antioxidant rich Strawberries
Antioxidant rich Strawberries

Eat Right

Choose fresh anti-oxidant rich foods.

Antioxidants protect cells, including brain cells. You would hate to spend all that time learning, just to lose the information later because your brain cells were too unprotected.

Foods such as prunes, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, garlic, kale, cranberries, strawberries, spinach, and raspberries all contain high amounts of antioxidants.

Don't fall for over priced goofy berry drinks that claim to have super powers when many easy to find fruits and vegetables can provide the same health benefits at a fraction of the cost.

Buddha Meditating
Buddha Meditating


The best relaxation technique for clearer thinking.

Meditation can improve concentration and help us think intelligently under stressful conditions when it can matter most.

MRI scans of people who have meditated for a long time have shown greater activity in brain circuits involved in paying attention. When disturbing noises were played to a group of meditators undergoing an MRI scan, they had relatively little effect on the brain areas involved in emotion and decision-making as compared to non-meditators or less experienced meditators.

8 Minute Mediation - Ultra efficient IQ boosting techniques explained.

8 Minute Meditation: Quiet Your Mind. Change Your Life.
8 Minute Meditation: Quiet Your Mind. Change Your Life.

Time Magazine calls 8 Minute Meditation "The most American form of meditation yet" and now I know why. I've always wanted to meditate, but thought it too confusing and difficult. Besides, who has the time? But 8 Minute Meditation changed all that for me.


Learn to Play an Instrument

Playing an instrument can increase your IQ by a good seven points. The average IQ is one hundred, so seven is a big deal when you add it up with everything else that you can be doing to increase your IQ.

You don't have to be a musical genius, just the process of practicing music will increase your IQ a little at a time.

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Stimulate your creativity with these fun and unusual musical instruments.


The Mozart Effect

A quck and easy IQ power up!

This will not permanently increase your IQ, but will raise your IQ temporarily. All it takes is listening to Mozart's music.

Researchers found that listening to Mozart's music temporarily increases "spatial-temporal reasoning". It may not be permanent, but if listening to Mozart will help you pass that all important test, then go for it!

Listen to Mozart Now - Instant Mozart MP3 Downloads and CDs from Amazon

Increase your IQ by Listening to This - Listen With Headphones

The human brain is constantly progressing. When different regions are stimulated with different frequencies, new neural pathways are created.

This audio session speeds the brain up by stimulating the faster brainwave bands like SMR and Beta. The resulting effects will increase your focus, attention, emotional stability, memory and more. It may also help with Depression, Anxiety, Autism, ADD and a number of other problems.

Works best with headphones on and eyes closed or watching a relaxing screen saver.

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    • caossquidoo profile image

      caossquidoo 4 years ago

      Great ideas to boost your IQ! I really believe that it is "trainable", not only inherited! Let's do it. Let's train our brain!

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      althea nova 4 years ago

      Listening to Mozart doesn't really improve IQ (it was a false experiment, so all that "Mozart Effect" was just a "Commercial Effect"). His music could only improve your mood which would consequently improve your efficiency.

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      Torrs13 4 years ago

      The haunted Rubiks cube... I have failed every time I have attempted to solve that thing. I just accept the fact that my brain doesn't function that way!

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      RANADEEP 4 years ago

      Hey Pal,I think you are right and you wrote a great lense,but I think we need some brain exercise,like right brain left brain the wau great lense!!

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      univstats 4 years ago

      booosting!!!!! great lens!

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      This is an awesome lens. I will add it to my favorites and use the information. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Would you post your IQ score if it was less than 100? I would not

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks, need to get back to my regular exercise and then try to take more deep breaths.

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      adammuller003 lm 4 years ago

      I dig your lens! I especially like the learn to play an instrument suggestions. That one hits home.

      I would love to hear what sparks creativity for you! And would love to add it to my lens:

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      trinimatt 4 years ago

      Great lens, very informative

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      seodress 4 years ago

      Great !!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You come up with the greatest post, I love these ideas! I've seen a couple of these, and I wanted to try them, This is really cool! Thanks so much for sharing - I am definitely going to try to do all of these

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      GupteComputer 4 years ago

      I just study hard to increase my IQ.

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      DavisImages 5 years ago

      Thanks for this Timewarp! I am sure that by us reading this we have already increased our IQ points, even without doing the exercises! Knowledge is power...

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      DavisImages 5 years ago

      @GreyHee: I also liked the info about "breathe in through nose..." makes sense as well as breathing out the "warmed by your body" breathe out of your mouth so you don't reheat your brain just after cooling it by breathing through your nose!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You can raise your IQ if you learn foreign languages. I learn 2 foreign languages at school, but I also learn 2 more at home by myself. It helps a lot! You should try!

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      Greathaul2013 5 years ago

      Some good advice in here. What do you think about brain training Websites like Lumosity? Do they work?

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      LaptopLeader 5 years ago

      Thanks for the very informative lens. Always happy to read about different ways to increase my IQ. :)

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      Laura Hofman 5 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Great tips here! Life long learning is very important to keep our brains in tiptop shape.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The Mozart one isn't exactly accurate. Listening to any music that is stimulating (ie. not elevator music) temporarily increases spacial reasoning skills.

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      TanoCalvenoa 5 years ago

      Awesome lens, I agree with all your suggestions. Well done!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      by maintaining my brain activities and by raising my thinking style

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      allpositive 5 years ago

      It is harder to train your brain than muscles. So train your BRAIN and don't give up.

      Lots of good about it on the lens. Thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I agree - exercise that brain!

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      GreyHee 5 years ago

      Hi there. Thank you for such an interesting lens. I particularly liked your "breathe in through nose, breathe out through your mouth" part.

      Keep posting great lenses like this.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Doc_Holliday: I think that it will go down ;)

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      Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I need all the help I can get. ;D

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      Whatsittoyou 5 years ago from Canada

      All the rest sound good, but I am willing to be slightly less intelligent to keep getting my sugar fix.

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      PinkstonePictures 5 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      The brain needs exercise or it gets bored. Great lens

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      ManfromModesto LM 5 years ago

      It's a bit funny the last sentence contains an error. "Not our IQ is fixed by adulthood." lol

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      wordpress-guru 5 years ago

      nice lens ! reading is also great for the brain but fewer people read books today .

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      Great lens. Who wouldn't want to increase their IQ?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I read an article once that said that smart people don't correct others' flaws, they only help others see their flaws in a constructive manner as to help them, not hurt or abuse them. So correctively, I must say, get smart and quit sounding like some kind of intellectual snob....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well, if this is true, then possibly my IQ could be raised to almost genius. Damn it, my IQ was 125 when I took a test for the psychologist, 14 more points only puts me at 139, which isn't genius, still a point away! (Though I can't say that I was in the best mental condition - for some reason I didn't think they'd give me an IQ test if I wanted to get checked for a learning disability) >.<

      But maybe I'll just be satisfied with gifted, it's good enough for me to get all the degrees I want anyway + the hard work involved, 14 extra points could help with getting me into that level anyway. ^_^

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      Doc_Holliday 5 years ago

      So if I listen to Justin Beiber instead of Mozart, will my IQ go up or down ;-)

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      Paul 5 years ago from Montreal

      @anonymous: Hey, Im here to improve my IQ, not because Im perfect!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Please use than instead of then when the context calls for such. It is hard to take advice on matters of intelligence from a writer who consistently makes simple errors.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Cool stuff. I enjoyed the videos especially.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I agree with what you said about the Rubik's cube being addictive. Great fun.

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      FCAbroad 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      Enjoyed reading.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great article, great voice. . .needs an editor!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Getting out the Mozart and reaching for a banana and Clementine...they will all go good together and I'm feeling boosted already. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, so that's an advantage....a few deep breath through my nose, my brain is cool and I'm feeling pretty smart right now...I love things that are easy to implement with great results!

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Some good suggestions. Learning a new language is on my list.

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      aditzu53 5 years ago

      Reading is for the brain like food for the body. The key to keep a high iq is to read, exercise your mind and listen to quality music like classic one.

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      MarkRansom LM 5 years ago

      Common sense info on this lens but good information overall. Take care of your body and your body will take care of you.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      I will listen to Mozart and eat better food!

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Guess I'll listen to the Pangea MP3 and then create a new lens. Do you think it'll help? Surely it can't hurt. (Whatdaya mean don't call you Shirley?)


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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      By living right, eating right, and do right. Ha--too late for all that with me :-) Just joking. I really enjoyed this lens. Great job.


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      To solve a rubik faster might make your hand feel pain but your brain got nothing!

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      Hal Gall 5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Use it or lose it!

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      Playing chess really forces you to use your brain and focus.

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      Very useful tips. Little bit of booster can help to act intelligently.

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      meditationhowto1 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! Have known about the power of meditation and its ability to improve the mind for years, great to see other techniques and tips that can be tied in to provide stronger effects.

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      mcbogel 5 years ago

      Hi. Great work on this lens. You have clearly made a lot of effort. :)

      I am making a series of lenses on how to learn more efficient and faster. I think you'd like it.

      Check out my profile and give them a look.. :)

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      steph-naylor 5 years ago

      This is a pretty cool lens!

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      faye durham 5 years ago

      Great tips! Write it down works for me.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well, by following these steps you have listed in your lens. I found some items I can use in addition to some I already use. Thanks

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Fantastic lens! These are all sound, doable recommendations for improving our IQs, and also for maintaining our mental acuity well into our senior years. Blessed!

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      eskecime 5 years ago

      I really liked this lens. I will take the Rubik Cube advice and start solving it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Let's get this 20 up to a 30!

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      khongor14 5 years ago

      cool lens, and for my own i listen to binaural beats , and study martial arts . Also do thinks with the hard way

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      Excellent lens, it holds us to a high standard and gives us valuable resources. Squid Angel Blessed.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great Lens!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      All of these are great suggestions for raising one's IQ. I try to always work the crossword, cryptoquote and word jumble each morning. Hope that is helping.

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      Write it down...helps me. Then meditation and music...Thanks for the awesome idea showcase!

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      DebMartin 6 years ago

      Incredibly good advice here. Taking breaks and meditation is where I need to go next. I do both but not enough. Thanks for the reminders. Well done. d

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      KandH 6 years ago

      I'll try some of your tips, it all makes perfect sense to me!

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      mrsclaus411 6 years ago

      These are easy and helpful tips. It doesn't hurt to try.

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      Einar A 6 years ago

      Always helps to exercise both your mind and body.

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      I just have to bless this.

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      Transitwilliam 6 years ago

      I love actually going to try some of these things

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      Ellen Gregory 6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I think I will just leave it the way it is. Although I practice most of these techniques to keep my brain from aging.

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      Paul 6 years ago from Montreal

      @AustriaChick: No, not to late, it's good to keep your mind stimulated at any age!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      I think Squidoo has seriously raise my IQ ... over the years, that and my blood pressure too! lol

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      AustriaChick 6 years ago

      Some great tips! Think it is too late at 60?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A lot of very good advice to follow.

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      MindPowerProofs1 6 years ago

      All of your advices work well to raise IQ. I think the start point is to empty your working memory with meditation (easiest way) to stop mind wandering. Great lens.

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      AskLou1 6 years ago

      Great lens! It's important to keep your mind busy!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Interest. I will have to remember this for the future

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      Mistl 6 years ago

      Very interesting. I am a big fan of lifelong learning and also to start children off early. I have never had any success with the Rubik cube though. I guess I am just not a very logical thinker. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens. You make it sound so easy! Will definitely give your methods a try.

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      JohnRayner 6 years ago

      Rather than 12 could we have 20, I need all the help I can get!

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      Paki Bazar 6 years ago

      i love this blog you are working really good



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      AlleyCatLane 6 years ago

      Of course being a Squidoo lensmaster increases one's IQ too, right? That's my hope anyway for keeping my old brain functioning well.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      there are some tricks and techniques on how to increase the iq but do we have time?

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      read,read,read. the brain is like a sponge. blogging is one of the best ways to increase the iq. we read the blogs of other lensmasters and in return, we learn from it. the brain is not idle.

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      Sp00ky 6 years ago

      very good advices

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      stanleypontiere 6 years ago

      @mariaamoroso: Actually, it has been shown that older adults who practice the Attention Square exercise also called Dual-N-Back can substantially increase working IQ which typically is lost with age.

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      jc91583 6 years ago

      Seems that with the lens above I already have a good list of things to help me raise my IQ. Thanks for the great topic.

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      Advices here are all good for us. But getting older is nothing we can do about. IQ or not - I feel more stupid now.

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      dannystaple 6 years ago

      Probably anything that helps you sleep better will improve brain function, as is taking time out from daily stresses, and writing stuff down to get it off your mind.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Lovely bit of information. Concisely presented. :)

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      resabi 7 years ago

      Great lens. Excellent suggestions. I'm practicing my nose breathing as I write this! Do you think that if I eat some berries while listening to Mozart and doing a logic puzzle it will work faster? ;-) Blessed.

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      myneverboredhands 7 years ago

      Very informative and fun lens to read... I do most of the things you've list here, except breaks and meditation, probably... all I need to take an IQ test :)

      Thumbs up!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I definitely need to take a brake.

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      sponias lm 7 years ago

      The more we learn, more we increase our IQ. The human being can become a true genius. Thank you for your excellent work!

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      rolovis 7 years ago

      @mysticmama lm: I kind of have to disagree with you there. These methods have all been proven to some extent. Now I'm not going to flat out say you're wrong, because that might not be the case. For all we know, we might be born with incredibly high IQ, and just not able to use it fully. All I can say is having the right diet, exorcising, and studying, along with the other tips in this article, will most definitely help.

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      Interesting theory ~ though I'm pretty sure IQ can't be increased, you kind of get what you're born could be decreased though from massive head trauma, excessive alcohol or drug use,

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      Senora M 7 years ago

      I exercise. Hopefully that helps.


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