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Can you make yourself smarter?

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Being smart is a lot more than just getting the highest marks on a test. We can learn all the facts we want, but it's nothing if we don't hone our critical thinking skills. Everyone wants to be smarter, yes, but how much of a difference can we really make?

There are two main types of intelligence: crystallized and fluid. Our crystallized knowledge is information and functional knowledge stored in the brain, like trivia and facts, riding a bike and a first language. By reading and studying up on a given subject we can easily build this up, but we can't ignore our fluid intelligence. Simply stated, fluid intelligence is our ability to learn and process new information as well as thinking critically.
Training our brain in this area requires dedication and it's not always easy. Memory games and puzzles are a great hobby and pastime for some people, but they are also a good way to strengthen our strategic and logical thinking.

Check out this infographic for more on how you can make yourself smarter. Do you do any of these things to keep your mind in tip-top shape? Let us know in the comments and don't forget to like and share.

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