15 Signs You Are Smarter Than Average
A number of scientific studies find the traits shared by intelligent people.
A thought-provoking list was published by Business Insider that summarizes some science-based commonalities between smart people. Certainly, this is the perfect place to mention that correlation doesn't imply causation. So don't necessarily run out there and get a cat to boost your IQ. Still this information that was gleaned from various studies rings true in many ways.
And here are another 7 signs, according to various scientific studies:
What points to intelligence is being a night owl. If you stay up late to do work (not to go out drinking), you are likely to have a higher IQ. Studies have shown that night owls have higher IQs than the much-ballyhooed morning people.
You might also be an introvert. Many introverts can have social anxieties and don't rush to speak. This can be a sign of thinking things over, an intelligence trait. The majority of gifted kids are introverts.
Another sign of possible smarts is being breastfed. Indeed, some research points to breastfed babies exhibiting higher IQs and having more success later in life.
Other things to watch out for to validate your smartness (while trying to stay humble):
Chances are, you are also not religious as several studies pointed to atheists being more intelligent than believers.
Learning to read early on has also been shown to be a predictor of higher scores on cognitive tests by this study.
Being funny is another indicator of intelligence (and being sexy). In yet one more study, students who made funnier jokes were also smarter.
On the flip side, it's been shown that teenagers with higher IQs tended to be virgins in high school. Not too surprising, is it?
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We all know eating “healthy” food is good for our physical health and can decrease our risk of developing diabetes, cancer, obesity and heart disease. What is not as well known is that eating healthy food is also good for our mental health and can decrease our risk of depression and anxiety.
Infographics show the classes and anxieties in the supposedly classless U.S. economy.
For those of us who follow politics, we’re used to commentators referring to the President’s low approval rating as a surprise given the U.S.'s “booming” economy. This seeming disconnect, however, should really prompt us to reconsider the measurements by which we assess the health of an economy. With a robust U.S. stock market and GDP and low unemployment figures, it’s easy to see why some think all is well. But looking at real U.S. wages, which have remained stagnant—and have, thus, in effect gone down given rising costs from inflation—a very different picture emerges. For the 1%, the economy is booming. For the rest of us, it’s hard to even know where we stand. A recent study by Porch (a home-improvement company) of blue-collar vs. white-collar workers shows how traditional categories are becoming less distinct—the study references "new-collar" workers, who require technical certifications but not college degrees. And a set of recent infographics from CreditLoan capturing the thoughts of America’s middle class as defined by the Pew Research Center shows how confused we are.
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